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Hyundai and Kia Tease Self-Parking, Self-Charging Cars

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Hyundai and Kia's Automated Valet Parking System

We already know that Hyundai and Kia are looking far ahead to the future where self-driving cars are the norm. Now, along with the sci-fi like R.E.A.D. system, Hyundai and Kia are teasing self-parking, self-charging cars that will operate through an Automated Valet Parking System.

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The AVPS will help decrease the congestion in parking garages and on city streets by allowing you to get out of your car and taking the guesswork out of knowing if you can fit between those two horribly parked SUVs or not. In theory, the artificial intelligence system integrated into the autonomous car will be able to park closer to other cars without hitting them, and so the extra space will add up and more people can park on the streets than before.

The other part of this system deals with the future of electric cars and a limited amount of charging stations. The AVPS will lead the EV to a vacant parking spot with a charging station and begin to charge itself. Once it’s done, the AVPS will reactivate and move the fully-charged EV to a spot without a charging station so it won’t block other low-charge cars that need to refuel.

You’ll never have to remember where you parked either: once you’re ready to go, your car will drive to you and pick you up with the push of a button.

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None of this would be possible without V2X technology, as the car would be in constant communication with the charging station, parking garage, other cars, and the road.

Hyundai and Kia plan to commercialize this when level 4 autonomous cars launch, which they guess will be around 2025. While we’re looking forward to all of these cool automated systems, it might take longer than Hyundai and Kia anticipates for level 4 autonomy.