Car That Can Park Itself Put on Sale by Toyota

Car That Can Park Itself Put on Sale by Toyota Mon Sep 1, 7:04 AM ET
TOKYO (Reuters) - A car that can park itself without the driver having to
touch the steering wheel, said by maker Toyota Motor Corp. (news - web sites) to be a world first, went on sale in Japan on Monday.
Toyota's new hybrid gasoline-electric Prius sedan uses electrically operated power steering and sensors that help guide the car when reversing into parking spaces.
Toyota President Fujio Cho sat in the driver's seat at a demonstration laid on for the press, surprising reporters by holding his hands up as the car quickly parked itself.
"I forgot to put on the brake," Cho said. "But it's easy."
The new Prius five-seat passenger model is said by Toyota to be more fuel-efficient and cheaper than its predecessors. Rivals General Motors Corp and Ford Motor Co will launch their first hybrids later this year.
Toyota said it expects to sell 76,000 new Prius worldwide in 2004, counting on growing demand for environment-friendly cars.
The sales target is more than double the annual figure for the Prius for the past two years of around 28,000 units. Toyota, the world's third- largest auto maker, has sold about 120,000 of the cars since its launch in December 1997.
"Development of eco-friendly cars is a key to our future growth strategy," Cho told reporters.
Toyota aims to sell 36,000 units at home, 35,000-36,000 in the United States and 4,000-5,000 in rest of the world next year, he said.
The new model sells for 2.15 million yen ($18,430) in Japan, against 2.18 million yen previously. The intelligent park assist system is offered as an option, at an additional cost of 230,000 yen which includes a DVD navigation system. Toyota has set itself a goal of producing 300,000 of the eco-friendly hybrid vehicles a year by 2005 or 2006.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news ? tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030901/tc_nm/autos_toyota_prius_dc_2
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Looks like something for my wife....:-)
Grz. Bo
Jim T wrote:

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
It's funny, even if these things don't work that well they'll be a welcome innovation in cities like Boston where "feeling" your way into a spot is the norm. License plates here tend to resemble Lays potato chips after a few months of on-street parking.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
That's the hardware installed, where is the software? :-) It will be a while likely I guess!
Tom
Jim T ( snipped-for-privacy@home.com) wrote: : Car That Can Park Itself Put on Sale by Toyota : Mon Sep 1, 7:04 AM ET
: TOKYO (Reuters) - A car that can park itself without the driver having to : touch the steering wheel, said by maker Toyota Motor Corp. (news - web : sites) to be a world first, went on sale in Japan on Monday.
: Toyota's new hybrid gasoline-electric Prius sedan uses electrically : operated power steering and sensors that help guide the car when : reversing into parking spaces.
: Toyota President Fujio Cho sat in the driver's seat at a demonstration : laid on for the press, surprising reporters by holding his hands up as : the car quickly parked itself.
: "I forgot to put on the brake," Cho said. "But it's easy."
: The new Prius five-seat passenger model is said by Toyota to be more : fuel-efficient and cheaper than its predecessors. Rivals General Motors : Corp and Ford Motor Co will launch their first hybrids later this year.
: Toyota said it expects to sell 76,000 new Prius worldwide in 2004, : counting on growing demand for environment-friendly cars.
: The sales target is more than double the annual figure for the Prius for : the past two years of around 28,000 units. Toyota, the world's third- : largest auto maker, has sold about 120,000 of the cars since its launch : in December 1997.
: "Development of eco-friendly cars is a key to our future growth : strategy," Cho told reporters.
: Toyota aims to sell 36,000 units at home, 35,000-36,000 in the United : States and 4,000-5,000 in rest of the world next year, he said.
: The new model sells for 2.15 million yen ($18,430) in Japan, against 2.18 : million yen previously. The intelligent park assist system is offered as : an option, at an additional cost of 230,000 yen which includes a DVD : navigation system. Toyota has set itself a goal of producing 300,000 of : the eco-friendly hybrid vehicles a year by 2005 or 2006.
: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news ? : tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030901/tc_nm/autos_toyota_prius_dc_2
--
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

How long before a 1-touch button that will park the car, roll up the windows, lock the doors, turn off the lights/radio/engine and put on the parking break and security system?
that will be cool- if you're in that much of a hurry
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Polytechforum.com is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.