In 2010, the self-parking car was the new buzz. Ever struggled to park in a specific parking spot? This was meant to be the solution! Ultrasonic sensors on the bumper measured the space, told a computer and calculated the angles for a perfect park. This data then went to the power-steering motor - and the rest was supposedly left up to the car!
Indeed this seemed like a major solution at the time. But the idea of a self-parking car is still a work in progress. This is because the problem with the self-parking car is, in some ways, sort of useless.
The car may handle the labour, but you still provide the key intelligence and make all the decisions.
If you are late for work, are you really going to take the time to step out of the car, and control it via your app? No. You'll probably just find an easier parking place!
So the idea is pretty impressive - of course. But when you look at it in a practical way - does this autonomy save you time, or cost you time?
Autonomy shouldn't require patience.