CES 2013: Audi Shows Off Latest Auto Tech, Including Driverless Parking and Traffic Assistance

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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Audi is using CES 2013 in Las Vegas to showcase their latest innovations that may reach consumers in the near future.  Yesterday we highlighted their partnership with Fraunhofer IIS and Band & Olufsen to bring in-car audio systems to a whole new level with 3D sound, but the company had a few more tricks up their sleeves.

One of the most interesting developments is what Audi is calling Piloted Parking, which is the first step towards a fully autonomous car.  Imagine getting to your destination, exiting your car, and then letting it park itself in a nearby parking garage.  Once it finishes parking, your car would turn off the engine and then start back up again when you’re ready to be picked up at a designated location.  Think of it as your personal valet service.  Check out the video below to see it in action.

If you’re a commuter that spends hours every week sitting in traffic, how would you like to sit back and have your car take over the driving?  Audi’s piloted driving feature is designed to temporarily assists drivers in traffic by doing just that.  It seems a little risky at this stage, and you probably won’t see it in future vehicles in the near future, but who knows.  Autonomous vehicles seem to be a reoccurring news trend lately, and Audi is not the only auto maker showing off some form of self driving technology at CES this year. Want to see how it works?  Check it out in the video below.

Another Audi advancement may have a better chance of making its way to market a bit sooner than a self-driving feature.  Believe it or not, there is plenty of room for advancement in lighting technology on cars.  Audi unveiled their latest lighting tech that includes laser tail lights that not only improves nighttime visibility for the driver, but will also shine a red line behind the vehicle, showing the driver of the car behind them the ideal place to stop.  You can see it in action in the video below.


Source: Audi

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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