With only a few weeks to go until January’s Consumer Electronics Show (just pesky Christmas to get through before then) details on some of the big presentations are starting to leak out – including a clever car parking app from BMW.
According to The Register it will be debuting a car that can not only park itself, but one that can be summoned by smartwatch. The idea is that when you arrive at a meeting you get out, the car goes and parks itself – and then when you’re done it, press a button on your watch and the car will come and pick you up. Like a valet without the valet.
To make it work, it will require a map of the car park to have been uploaded to the car in advance. As The Register notes, the same effect could conceivably be achieved using a smartphone app – but I guess that isn’t as zeitgeisty as a wearable.
Whilst it sounds like a nice idea, let’s hope BMW has also tasked some of its engineers with thinking about getting rid of petrol too, and not just focused them on solving first world problems.