Parallel parking may soon be a thing of the past.
Augmented reality (AR) technology is poised to change the way we drive, whether it be next-gen windshields that project turn-by-turn directions and safety hazards over the real world or virtual dashboards only visible using AR glasses.
Today we learned of yet another interesting use case: AR-assisted parking.
First spotted by Ford Authority, American auto manufacturer Ford Motor Company has filed a patent outlining a unique AR-powered system that makes parking your vehicle an easier process. Filed on September 17th, 2021, and published on March 23rd, 2023, the patent details a system in which drivers use a remote control, key fob, or smartphone to park their vehicles remotely.
Based on the images provided, drivers would use one of the aforementioned devices to scan their vehicle using some form of AR technology before guiding it safely into the desired spot. As pointed out by Ford Authority, allowing drivers to control their vehicles from the outside could make parking a safer and easier process, especially when it comes to autonomous vehicles not yet capable of self-parking.
As is the case with most patents, Ford’s futuristic parking system may never see the light of day. That said, this patent only further demonstrates AR technology’s enormous potential in the automobile industry.
For more information check out the official patent listing here.
Feature Image Credit: United States Patent & Trademark Office