Technology for the car: automatic parking systems

Probably if they asked us, most drivers would say that we park our cars very well, although the reality is that it is not always the case. Sometimes simply because we can spend a few days, or even weeks, without any type of parking and we know that something that is not constantly being practised […]

Probably if they asked us, most drivers would say that we park our cars very well, although the reality is that it is not always the case. Sometimes simply because we can spend a few days, or even weeks, without any type of parking and we know that something that is not constantly being practised can easily be forgotten.

Many times, it could be due to having a hard day at work, or that they come from a long trip and many hours at the wheel, and we are tired and wanting to put ourselves in a place, that sometimes, is just not the most comfortable one.

Or it may also be that that day we are not in full possession of our faculties, for example, having a cold, or a headache may affect our performance in many activities including driving. Age is another factor that may modify the way we drive our car since turning the head to look back may hurt probably be more difficult than in earlier years.

And of course, there is also the fact that some people do not like to park their cars and it even makes them nervous, and that some other times, they are not quite good at parking because they have not practised it long enough.

For all this, car manufacturers have been deciding to incorporate automatic parking systems in their models. Not many years ago, the first systems arrived to some brands, and although they are more and more common, it is not so widespread.

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The evolution of parking systems

Nowadays, these systems are an evolution of the first parking attendants, which incorporated distance sensors in the bumpers and emitted a growing beep when the car approached the obstacle in question.

Therefore, an automatic parking system requires mandatory sensors that allow the distance from the car to the limits of the square, other obstacles or obstacles, both in the rear bumper and in the front bumper.

These are generally more used for ultrasound and their quantity and distribution depend on the size and design of the car, although they are usually four or five per bumper. Sometimes, although it is unusual, you can use a radar as a sensor.

In addition to these, on the sides of the car, oriented in the transverse direction, it has more sensors than the distance to the side of the car. These sensors measure the gaps they have for parking and allow the system to identify one in which the car fits.


So, when the driver activates the system by simply pushing a button and circulates next to the parking belt and passes in front of a gap, the system will tell you on the instrument panel screen that this gap is valid.

This is the end of the problem (problem for some drivers) of assessing whether the space is large enough for their car to enter.

Location of a parking space

By the way, automatic parking systems have evolved and improved since the first versions and now need less slack in front and behind to park. Some systems are complemented by a video camera for reversing vision, and even forward and 306 degrees, so that the driver can supervise the manoeuvre more safely.

So, the system warns the driver that there is a valid space and tells him how far to go and leave the car. And so, it will continue to give instructions on the screen at the right time: to insert the reverse gear, to accelerate, to brake, to insert the gear forward, etc.

The system will control the steering, and will turn the steering wheel as necessary, and when necessary, without error, thanks to an electric motor.

Today these systems can park online, and according to the brand also on battery. For example, the Intelligent Parking Assist system available as an option since 2010 in the third generation Toyota Prius, performs both types, but it is not the only one, either.

Indications for the driver

Of course, they are not 100% automatic, since the driver has to continue performing certain operations. It is very likely that with the advances in autonomous driving that are being investigated, cars will not be commercialised within a very long time and will be parked completely alone.

In that line there are a couple of interesting projects that confirm this. On the one hand we have the Park4U Remote application, from Valeo, which allows you to park a car remotely from a smartphone, or also the Chinese car BYD Su Rui, it is something like driving the car as if it were a radio-control.

An even more evolved system is the Audi Garage Parking Pilot project, where the telephone is used again, but this time to order the car to park itself. Of course, it also requires parking prepared for it (and I do not mean robotic parking).

We get off at the entrance, we give the order to the car and we go. This will move through the parking lot alone, will look for a free space and will park. When we want to go back for the car, we call him with the phone and that’s it.

Sam Technology’s parking system

The parking systems provided by us offer a wide range of technical advantages and also offers aesthetic improvements. They provide a high level of flexibility in mounting measurements. The systems have an elevated platform was needed through which the water could flow into the drainage channel.  They are real automatic parking systems. These systems are hot-dip galvanised and therefore they will not peel off with the passing of time. They have low maintenance costs.

SAM Technology Engineers is the authorised distributor of Wöhr AutoParksystem GmbH. Contact us today to learn more about our technologic solutions.