2016 Chevrolet Volt Parallel Parks Itself – Video


Andrew Farah not parking the car. He was in control of the brake and the gear shift under instruction from the car. It turned the wheel and told him when to stop and shift. The space was only 4 1/2 feet longer than the car. So short in fact that he had to back and fill to pull OUT of the space.

Posted by G. Michael Murphy on Thursday, October 1, 2015

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“Andrew Farah not parking the car. He was in control of the brake and the gear shift under instruction from the car. It turned the wheel and told him when to stop and shift. The space was only 4 1/2 feet longer than the car. So short in fact that he had to back and fill to pull OUT of the space.”

Chevrolet Volt owner G. Michael Murphy was invited to attend the recent 2016 Volt ride & drive event in California.

While at the event, Murphy captured this video of the 2016 Volt parallel parking itself.

We believe this is the first time we’ve seen a Volt park itself.

The demo, though relatively slow, proves the technology works.

All that Andrew Farah, “driver” of the Volt in the video and 2016 Chevrolet Volt Chief Engineer, has to do is shift and be in control of the brake pedal.  He does not touch the steering wheel during the parking procedure.

By this time next year, General Motors will have fully autonomous Volts driving around its Warren Tech Center.

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Our children will no longer know how to parallel park. Their children won’t know how to drive.

I’m 40 years old and can barely do it.. But I live in a city where it is rare to need to do this, so I get very little practice.

I live in NYC. From a lifetime of observation, I can you that almost nobody with New Jersey plates can parallel park their car. 😉

I live in NYC. From a lifetime of observation, I can tell you that almost nobody with New Jersey plates can parallel park their car. ?

And in New Jersey, we say that about people from Pennsylvania 🙂

On 60 Minutes last night, they had a piece on autonomous vehicles. The guy running the program at Google said he has 2 children ages 9 & 11 (I think). He said he doesn’t want his children to have to get drivers licenses. Pretty ambitious.

if he hires a driver for each of them then they won’t have to get driver’s licenses.

I think his kids will eventually turn around and say to him “we WANT driver’s licenses”. Self driving cars are nice and all, and I can see the productivity and safety benefits, but there’ll always be those of us who simply enjoy driving and have no interest in the car doing it for us.

Minus when stuck in a slow queue. The car can handle that while I relax.

Another reason why he’s ambitious is because – as a UK resident – I cannot see self-driving cars becoming COMPLETELY autonomous. We don’t have the luxuriant wide, easy roads in the U.S. our roads are downright difficult and often present situations that would baffle even the smartest AI.

On top of that, I cannot see our government letting people operate a self-driving car without a license, in case the autonomy fails or one of the above systems confuses the AI, prompting user control. Semi-self-driving cars are the more likely near future, with fully autonomous being a much more distant future.

On top of that, a lot of drivers are happy with partial autonomy, but less than a sixth of drivers are excited about full autonomy. I suspect most of the latter category are elderly, for whom a fully autonomous car would be extremely beneficial.

You should see how badly my granddad drives 😛

I myself have no idea how to curry a horse. I think it might involve turmeric, cayenne pepper, and ginger, though.

I don’t know how to ride a horse….

It’s just like riding a bike

What’s a bike?

How is that different from today? 🙂

Ha, true. I hope I won’t need to remember how someday when I’m not able to anymore. That’s a few years away for me but after watching my parents slowly lose their independence I hope they iron out all the kinks before I get there.

I wonder if GM programmed it to do a NYC style parallel park?

Front first and ride up onto the curb and back down. The only way to make sure the car behind you doesn’t poach.

This is ideal for older drivers who have vision or spatial (distance) limitations, like my wife. She tested Ford’s system in a 2104 Fusion Titanium, and loved it!

I’m very unimpressed because I thought I’m bad at parellel parking but I manage to get cars in way smaller spots then this one…

I remember when Audi had this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVaFbkg9jRs

this is of limited practical value but is of substantial “gadget” value. since gadgetry seems to be the basis for evaluating electric vehicles, i think this feature has substantial marketing value. i mean, the car steers and beeps when it wants you to shift; a current Volt beeps to let you know how close you are to other cars. in this self parking video, you don’t have to touch the steering wheel or the accelerator but you still have to shift and apply the brakes as i understand it.

it seems to me that if they want to consider this to be a real “self parking” feature, it should be a single push of a button and then the system does everything (such that you effectively become a passenger). there, of course, should be manual override to such a feature so that you can bail on the self park at any time. the question then becomes one of will the car let you bail when you want to bail, or will it refuse to surrender control of the car?

For people living in larger cities it could easily become a very well used “gadget”.

And for the fear that the car won’t let go of the control:

the Volt already has sensors that provide “beep” tones that help you with manual parallel parking. all this feature does is manage the steering wheel and the accelerator.

Pretty rubbish compared to the i3. The i3 does not require you to change gears like this. All the volt does is steer the wheel. Similar to the gen3 prius that came out 5 years ago.

But the i3 has/had a problem with scraping the rims against the curb when self-parking

I consider myself a decent parallel parker but I couldn’t do better than that for such a tight space.

I know this isn’t a new feature in the industry, but my wife would like it. Any parking assistance tech, she likes.

Its not hard to parallel park…..

It is if you have never had anyone teach you an easy way to do it. If you are just winging it, it can be a pain.
Steering wheel to steering wheel, full lock right, reverse slowly, when your steering wheel is even with the car you are parking in back of’s bumper, center the steering wheel, when your front bumper will clear the car in fronts bumper, full lock left, slowly bump the front wheel into the curb, go forward 3″, place the car in park.

I hear some states don’t even require parallel parking for their driver’s license tests now.

I got my license in CA back in 1990s, and there was never a need to parallel park during driving tests. Whenever I visit downtowns or San Francisco city, parallel parking becomes an issue. Of course, I then look for spaces that are plenty big, and skip the tight spaces. I believe the feature could be useful for the occasional parallel parkers. Experts won’t need it that much.

I have the park assist feature in my ’13 C-Max Energi….through 18 months of the lease, I still have never used it! I rarely ever need to parallel park. The couple of times I tried it, I got spooked because of traffic behind me.

I think I’m gonna seek out a side street near my house and test it just to make sure it works….

I could make that in 2 moves rather than 5 and in half they time. Though for people who can’t parallel park and left side of the road parallel parking, its a plus.

How many drivers of this generation know how to operate a choke valve on an engine?

I once valet parked a 1969 Volvo with a manual choke in a posh hotel and ran into that problem. After waiting a while in the morning for my car to be brought around, the valet came up and asked if I had AAA, because my car wouldn’t start. I asked him if he had said the proper prayer to the Volvo gods before starting it. He gave me a confused look, so I told him to take me to my car, and I’d show him the proper prayer. When I got there, I bowed multiple times to the hood while saying some funny mumbo-jumbo. Then I got inside, and stuck one hand out the window and starting making odd gestures and chanting “ooohhhmmm” chants. With my other hand I quickly pulled out the choke. Then I cranked it over, and it started perfectly. Then I shut it off, and left the choke out, and had him repeat what I did, and it started for him too! I tipped him, and told him to teach that to his fellow valets. I came back about a month later, with even cooler weather in the fall. The same valet had no problem… Read more »

I was a valet during the summer when I was at university and the only car I ever had a problem with was a Delorean. The car just would not go into reverse. I put it in neutral and another valet pushed me back out of the spot.

I do not care about self parking on the new Volt. I would ask for that option to be removed from the new Volt. I would gladly pay extra for level 3 charging capability. That would allow the 16 Volt to drive a lot of EV miles. This is why the Volt is selling the owners like EV driving

+ 1 Or at the very least 6.6 Level II capability on board the car. IMHO that would be money much better spent than worrying about self parking.

I feel it would be a lot cooler if it used electric shifting like the Leaf.

It Actually “does” shift electronically. GM decided not to ditch the “legacy” shifter that the Volt really does not even need.

I really like the All Around cameras in our 2 Nissan LEAF SLs. It allows you to turn it on when maneuvering at under 5 mph. It shows you distance guides that turn with the wheels… it allows you to better judge whether or not you are going to bump anything. I love knowing that my car is straight in the parking spaces. It is an awesome feature that enhances the drivers abilities rather than replacing them.

“He shifts into reverse” but it does all the rest: turns the wheel and stuff :D:D:D trololo