Park4U Lets You Use Your iPhone to Park Your Car Remotely

By , Sep 17, 2011

Remember a few years ago when self-parking cars were all the rage? It seems that the novelty has worn off (and lawsuits have ensued), as we haven’t seen many car-makers touting the feature as of late.

Enter Park4U. The assisted-parking system by Valeo uses several sensors and other components to help drivers squeeze their vehicles into even the tightest parking spots, without ever needing to touch the wheel…

But what’s cooler than a car that parks itself? A car that parks itself without you in it. Like most things these days, the Park4U system is getting its own iPhone app, which will allow you to park your car remotely.

Don’t get too excited though, the app won’t let users steer the vehicle. Park4U’s software will only allow users to remotely accelerate and apply the breaks, and it will only work if the the car is in Assisted Parking mode.

As aforementioned, the system works using multiple distance-sensors. If the car gets too close to an object, it stops itself. The user then applies the gas to pull forward so the vehicle can realign, and try again. It can even parellel park!

Valeo’s system is currently available in several Volkswagen-group models, including the Touran, Sharan, and Audi’s A6 and A7. And according to 9to5Mac, the technology is also scattered about late-model Ford and Lincoln vehicles as well.

There’s no indication of when the app will be available, but judging by the above demo, it can’t be too far off. So now that there are apps to remotely start and park our vehicles, we just need someone to make one that drives them for us.

What do you think? Is this a game changer, or a lawsuit waiting to happen?

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  • http://www.YouTube.com/user/MRTWIT21 Mrtwit21

    Just WOW

    I like the way a woman demos it lol

    • Vietnight

      this is design for woman that can’t park car.

  • http://ottodestruct.com Otto

    The reason nobody touts the assisted parking anymore is because nobody ever actually used it other than in a “oh that’s neat” fashion.

    Here’s the thing: People have been parking cars for decades. It’s not a hard skill to master. We don’t need a feature in the car to help us do it. So the whole thing was more than a little pointless to begin with. It takes far too long to fiddle with the freakin’ controls to get it to park when you could just, you know, park the damn car.

    It’s a solution in search of a problem, basically. Any idiot can learn to parallel park a car without too much effort.

    • HasanM

      +1
      Damn right !

  • Dodgerdeezy

    Terrorist will use this to send bombs in buildings. “there’s an app 4 that”

    • Dane

      Lol

  • Johari

    If u can’t park your car,I suggest …don’t drive….!!!!!

  • Johari

    Agree with you Otto..

  • ic0edx

    I want this. You can drive your car like a toy…

  • 2035 A.D

    This is awesome! Whether the person be lazy or not, it’s still a nice feature to have in a car.

    It’s like the Audi from the iRobot movie, the one that drives by itself. Btw, you can park the car without the iPhone app. Here in Australia the new Ford Focus range has this feature built-in and all done without an app.

  • Jedoonat

    Now, if only they can make this work the batmobile that would be awesome! Using your phone to have the car come pick you up like valet. That would be really impressive! But as far as the feature stands right now. The only usefulness would be for really tight parking spots. That way you can get out of the car before parking.

  • Jason

    All you have to do is hack it to drive the car with iPhone. If u get to drunk to drive I can sit in the passenger seat and use the app to drive myself home. If a cop tries to pull me over I can say dude that was driving took off!!

  • Jason

    All you have to do is hack it to drive the car with iPhone. If u get to drunk to drive I can sit in the passenger seat and use the app

  • techno709

    rofl guy was so funny he was like O MY FUCKING GOD THE CAR IS MOVING BY ITS SELF AHHHHHHHHHH SHIT A GHOST…

  • Sb

    It’s great if someone steals your car just floor the gas slam the brakes. Mess with him eventually he’ll jump out and be like WTF?

  • pn2bade

    I want to see her drop her iPhone and break it so the phone thinks she is constantly pressing it. Bye-bye mini can.

    But really, this is pretty cool, but this is really for people who can’t park. The only time I would use this is if I had to back in somewhere which is, well, never.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Monaghan/640925693 Tom Monaghan

    It would be better if you hit a button in the car then got out and when you locked the doors it parked and turned off, otherwise what’s the point you not saving any time