VW labs working on a car that comes when you call it

VW RNS 510 Radio-Navigation unit
VW RNS 510 Radio-Navigation unit

VW partnering with Silicon Valley players such as Google and Oracle Corp. to develop technologies such as a self-parking car

VW has opened a new Electronics Research Laboratory in Belmont, California, tasked with creating the technologies that will go into the cars of the future.

The lab has an annual budget of $20 million, and a staff of 100 designers and engineers. There are even psychologists on the payroll, mainly to make sure that the "cool" functions technicians invent have a real value to the driver.

VW previously had other research labs in Silicon Valley which have now moved into this new facility. To assist in the development of new cabin technologies, VW is partnering with the best of Silicon Valley - companies such as Google, Nvidia and Oracle Corp.

So just what functions are they working on? How about this - you drive into a parking lot, even a multi-level one, you get out and head for the entrance to the building while your vacant car drives around on its own, searching for its own spot, and then parks itself. Then, when you leave, you just call your car and it comes back to greet you. All that's missing is the wagging tail.

Also being researched is a driving awareness system that can detect traffic lights and speed limits, and adjusts the movement and capabilities of the car accordingly.

All great stuff, yes, but while they're at it, why don't they simply make a car that drives itself completely so that we can sit in the back and take a nap on the way to work?

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JC.Euro JC.Euro
Man...you guys are such skeptics!! Lets wait in see how it turns out when VW completes the project and demonstrates it to the public. Then, you people can write all you want if it does not work or has a hiccup!
May 13th, 2011 6:27pm
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Cootje Cootje
The name of the project is probaby "Michael Knight" or "Devon".
May 13th, 2011 12:31pm
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Faithback Faithback
Yes! The car thief followed my car and saw where it was parked and I don't know... If he can generate sufficient electromagnetic field noise, he can even get extra time trying to steal my car while I get a "The subscriber is not available at preset."... The minimum such a system would need is to send it's location contiously (many phones already do this using GPS & Maps). An app on the phone can be set to ring-fence the location when you exit the car (say when bluetooth connection with car is disconnected) and interpret the location messages received from car at set intervals (I'd set mine at 1min intervals) sounding an alarm if/when (1) car moves without bluetooth link to authorised phone &or (2) car exits ring-fenced area without security being deactivated by key & phone together.
May 13th, 2011 7:22am
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BadMrSnake BadMrSnake
Kitt, I need ya buddy!
May 13th, 2011 5:49am
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Edison Edison
VW is working on a car that does *what* when you call it??? Oh wait, I guess I had to read the article...
May 13th, 2011 3:48am
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tbrodie tbrodie
If there were no parking spaces, I'd appreciate it just circling for me until I need it.
May 13th, 2011 2:10am
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vitali77 vitali77
uuum, well "cool"but like AshleyTankard said is a bit sketchy, for all I know the car will get lost and end up in like another car park altogether, probably causing multiple traffic violations and accidents along the way. also what happends if your car parks in a car park with no reception? end up running around all day trying to find the stupid thing. No Thanks, for piece of mind, I rather take the extra 5 minutes and park it myself. Now, if they just put a single tracker in your car which lets you find it in a multi-storey car park after forget where you parked it, thats another story. Cant remember the amount of times ive got off at level "B" and my car was on "C", almost ended up calling the damn police.
May 13th, 2011 1:36am
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GTurbo GTurbo
Trickling down the juice of techno gizmo rather than all at once. Thanks, but no thanks VeeDub! Why can't we just sit back indeed!
May 13th, 2011 1:27am
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AshleyTankard AshleyTankard
Awful idea, would never work in the real world and I for one would never trust the technology.
May 12th, 2011 11:43pm
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fire_bird fire_bird
this is unbelivable
May 12th, 2011 11:04pm
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