WOW! 'Remote Park Assist' by BMW Parks Cars at the Push of a Button -
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MUNICH - July 12, 2006: BMW has developed a system that parks a car in
the garage at the push of a button on a remote control. The system will be
available to BMW drivers within three years.
to see Remote Park Assist pull a vehicle safely into a garage.
to watch the vehicle back out of a garage, and to see how it reacts when faced with
Prof. Raymond Freymann, Head of Research and Technology BMW Group, explains
how the system works:
"The fully automatic garage parking assistant
is a vehicle system which enables a vehicle to drive into a garage fully
automatically. In order to enable this, we of course have to know where the
vehicle is positioned relative to the garage. To this end, there is a
camera mounted on the windscreen pointing ahead at the garage. On the back
wall of the garage we attach a so-called “lenticular
reflector”. This lenticular reflector gives us two pieces of
information: firstly the distance of the vehicle from the back wall. If the
camera sees the reflector in small size, this means it is a long way. If
the camera sees the reflector in large size, this simply means that the
vehicle is near the wall. Secondly you have a very clear view of the angle
at which the camera is pointing at the reflector since there is a black
line moving backwards and forwards. So you have two pieces of information
– the size of the reflector and the angle relative to the back wall.
Now the position of the vehicle is known and I can define the trajectories
for the vehicle to move completely automatically into the garage. This is
essentially the sensor system we have installed for the Automatic Park
Assistant. Of course, what else do I need to control the whole operation?
It has to be possible to control the engine and transmission
electronically, I have to be able to operate the brake electronically from
the vehicle and of course the accelerator too. But that’s all the
systems I need so as to be able to have the vehicle drive into the garage