Search Cars for Sale

New Automatic Parking System Will Reach Volvo Models

  • Volvo Autonomous Parking can find spots, park
  • System also can summon a car to its driver
  • May come as early as late 2014

A new technology from Volvo may soon allow cars to park themselves. Volvo recently announced it’s working on an automatic parking system dubbed Autonomous Parking, which uses sensors to park a vehicle without driver input.

But that’s not all Autonomous Parking does. Volvo says the system can also hunt for a spot on its own, taking much of the guesswork out of finding a place to park. And it can even find its way back to the driver when summoned.

“Autonomous Parking is a concept technology that relieves the driver of the time-consuming task of finding a vacant parking space,” said Thomas Broberg, Volvo’s senior safety adviser. “The driver just drops the vehicle off at the entrance to the car park and picks it up in the same place later.”

Volvo’s only problem is the system can only be used in parking garages with embedded transmitters. You cannot use it in your supermarket parking lot or the garage at your office. But several garages already use transmitters, and more could be developed if there’s demand for systems such as Autonomous Parking.

For some shoppers, automatic parking is nothing new. Many cars already offer features that can parallel park by themselves. But Volvo’s system takes that technology much further by automating perpendicular parking and even the act of finding a parking space itself.

While Volvo hasn’t announced when the technology will reach dealers, the automaker said its next XC90 will include the feature. As the XC90 is due out late next year, it’s likely that model will be the first Volvo to offer the system.

What it means to you: Volvo’s Autonomous Parking system could eliminate the hassle of finding a space, trying to fit inside it and even driving through dark parking garages.

Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

Sign up for Autotrader newsletters

The best cars and best deals delivered to your inbox

Email Address 

By subscribing, you agree to our privacy policy

Where You Can Buy

Loading dealers...

Leave a Comment

Most Popular Articles

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Look

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid jumps to the head of the hybrid class.

Best New Cars for 2022

Here is our list of the best new cars for 2022 (presented in alphabetical order by manufacturer).

Best New Car Deals: September 2022

This month's best new car deals include several attractive offers for qualified shoppers.

Search By Style

More Articles Like This