Volvo has unveiled their autonomous parking concept which can park itself in a vacant space without the assistance of a driver.

Volvo has unveiled their autonomous parking concept which can park itself in a vacant space without the assistance of a driver.

The prototype is based on the V40 and enables users to arrive at a car park, exit the vehicle and tell the car to park itself via a smartphone app. The car then uses a variety of sensors to find an available space and park itself, while avoiding pedestrians and other vehicles.  When it's time to leave, the owner hits a button on their smartphone app and the car comes to pick them up.

The autonomous parking system is just one of several projects that Volvo is working on. The company declined to go into specifics but said they aim to be a leader in autonomous driving technology. As part of this initiative, Volvo confirmed the 2015 XC90 will offer an autonomous steering system when it is launched late next year.

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Volvo V40 Autonomous Parking Concept unveiled [videos]