10 Features We Want to See in Self-driving Cars

Park It Like It's Hot
Audi demonstrated its Piloted Parking system at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image courtesy of Audi of America

While self-driving cars are new, self-parking cars are not. Putting that relatively old capability on a wish list would be silly. But what about a self-driving car that could tool around the mall parking lot looking for a space for itself? Engineers in South Korea have figured out a way to bring data from sensors, cameras and that old-school movement-meter, the odometer, together to help a self-driving car become a self-parking car. The car looks for the painted lines that mean "parking space," then it determines if there's an obstacle in that space — like, say, another car. When it finds a parking space with nothing in it, it tells the driver, who can choose to take the spot or look for a better one. Of course, the car has to be able to see the spot, so night parking is still up to the humans.