TechTalk Remote Parking

Published on April 12th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


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If you remember watching Pierce Brosnan as 007 in the 1997 movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, you will probably remember the parking garage scene where he takes over control of his BMW 750iL using a Nokia phone. (watch the clip below)

Looked like a lot of fun, but it was also a moving ‘killing machine’ as it is possible for a hacker to take control of the vehicle and ‘drive’ into a crowd of people or worse.

Well, BMW has just introduced a technology that makes life easier for owners who are over-weight, lazy or just plain ole techies who want to show off to their friends and family.

Here comes the extended ‘Parking Assistant Professional’ feature which will be available for the BMW 7 Series, BMW X7 and BMW iX from 2023.

Interestingly, it is said to bring greater comfort when parking and manoeuvring. We say, it just makes the driver more attached to technology and what will they do if one day their iPhone ‘hangs’ or runs out battery?

Interestingly, BMW PR says that they have employed ‘innovative digital technology’ in the area of automated driving and parking.

Meanwhile, the extended Parking Assistant Professional gives drivers the ability to guide their car into and out of parking spaces and also carry out more complex maneuvering from outside the car via the My BMW App on their smartphone (available with My BMW App Version 2.12.x).

This functionality facilitates the use of extremely tight or hard-to-access parking spaces. For example, the driver can pause a parking process that is already underway, get out of the car and then resume the maneuver while they monitor the area around the car from the outside.

They can then also control the car’s exit from the space from their smartphone using the Parking Assistant Professional.

Switching between controlling the car when inside it and doing so from the outside is also possible for more extensive maneuvers using the Maneuver Assistant function likewise included in the Parking Assistant Professional. I.e. the driver can also operate this function from outside their car and monitor its progress using their smartphone.

They can be up to six metres away from the vehicle while doing so. The Maneuver Assistant can record and store up to ten maneuvers at different locations, each covering a maximum distance of 200 metres and up to a combined total of 600 metres.

When the vehicle then returns to one of the starting points, the system performs all the driving tasks required in fully automated form, including acceleration, braking, steering and, if required, multiple direction and gear changes.

And it can do so whether the driver remains inside the car or chooses to control the maneuver from outside using their Apple iPhone.

Meanwhile, Volvo Cars introduced this feature way back in 2013 and we wonder what happened to it.

remote parking

At the time, it was developed as an ingenious concept for autonomous parking. The driver uses a mobile phone application to activate the autonomous parking and then walks away from the car.

The self-parking car uses sensors to localize and navigate to a free parking space. The procedure is reversed when the driver comes back to pick up the car. Volvo Cars’ smart, driverless car also interacts safely and smoothly with other cars and pedestrians in the car park.

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