Audi rolled into CES 2013 and immediately stole the show with its Pilot Parking for AudiConnect. While other automakers are concentrating on infotainment systems, Audi is reinventing the way people drive. The autonomous vehicle system, which Audi demonstrated in a parking garage, allows users to remotely park and retrieve their car via an iPhone app. The idea is to allow drivers to exit their vehicles at a hotel or mall, tap the Park button on their smartphone and watch their car drive off and find its own space.
When you’re ready to be picked up, simply tap the Pick Up button on the app, at which point the Audi will pull out of its space and meet you at the appropriate location. The fact that Pilot Parking uses existing vehicle sensors means that Audi could conceivably begin offering the system to users within the decade. The future is indeed here.