This may be a godsend for those who are reluctant to hand their keys over to a parking valet, in others words, everyone.
Or maybe it will make that leap of faith seem trivial by comparison.
From an IDG News Service story on our site:
Cars that can park themselves once you have found a spot are becoming increasingly common, but BMW takes this to a whole new level with the Remote Valet Parking Assistant. The feature has been integrated in a research version of the electric BMW i3, and combines information from laser sensors with digital plans of multi-story car parks to navigate.
The driver can just get out and activate the parking assistant on a smartwatch, for example. The sensors let the car recognize the structural features of the car park and avoid any obstacles that appear unexpectedly, such as incorrectly parked vehicles. Once the car has arrived at the parking space, it locks itself.
But will it first take itself on a joyride?
Will it play car-pinball with a random garage pole or two?
Will it rummage through your glove box?
And the most important question of all: Will anyone who owns a BMW actually trust this to work?