Park your car with your mobile phone
Matthew Warren · 16 Sep 2011, 07:45
Published: 16 Sep 2011 10:48 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Sep 2011 07:45 GMT+02:00
The technology from Paris-based company Valeo means drivers can hop out of their cars when faced with a tight spot and guide the car in from the safety of their mobile phones.
The system, which works on both Apple and Android-based phones, operates a series of sensors around the car to guide the vehicle. Drivers can control acceleration and brakes from the phone.
It is the latest development in the company's Park4U system which is already available in cars manufactured by Volkswagen, Ford, Lincoln and Audi.
Valeo was founded in 1923 as the Société Anonyme Française du Ferodo. It initially distributed brake linings and clutch facings before diversifying in the 1960s and renaming itself Valeo in 1980. The group now employs almost 60,000 people and had a turnover of €9.6 billion ($13.3 billion).