Published on June 5th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Watch The BMW i3 Park Itself
June 5th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
The BMW i3 has a ton of cool and nifty features that really help make it feel like a car from the future. But beyond being all-electric and built from carbon fiber, one of the less-publicized features is the BMW i3’s ability to park itself. This next video shows the BMW i3’s park assist feature in action.
Owner Michael Thwaite, like many of us, didn’t even realize his BMW i3 has a park assist feature, though he must have checked off the $1,000 Parking Assist Package option when he ordered his car. While self-parking cars aren’t anything new, it’s a feature BMW hasn’t exactly publicized in the media blitz for the i3.
Yet as we can see from Thwaite’s video, the self-parking system works quite well, parking the i3 into a snug parallel parking space, presumably between Thwaite’s two other green cars (a BMW ActiveE and what looks to be a Ford Fusion Energi).
Thwaite’s reaction is one of excitement, surprise, and a little bit of unease I’m sure. I’ll admit, it’s still a bit unsettling to watch a car park itself, the steering wheel spinning freely and the pedals operating themselves. But this is what the future looks like! Cars that park, and eventually drive, themselves, quietly and with zero emissions of any kinds.
Damn, I love the future.
Source: Transport Evolved
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