Parking

  • Cars can now virtually park themselves. Having spent time in several of today’s semi-automated self-parking cars, it’s become clear that the idea is becoming mainstream, but the technology behind it is not commonly understood. Here’s a rundown on how it works.
  • ​There are already products that let cyclists save floor space by parking their bicycles vertically against the wall. Almost all of those systems, however, require users to lift their bikes up. Parkis makes things easier, by doing the lifting for the rider.
  • Wheel boots are heavy and cumbersome to carry, plus the people who put them on typically have to kneel dangerously close to passing traffic. That's why New York-based Ideas That Stick developed the windshield-blocking Barnacle.
  • Parking sensors and reversing cameras are generally the preserve of new cars, but FenSens is aiming to change that with its new license plate frame, which wirelessly connects to your smartphone and gives you parking sensors regardless of how old your ride is.
  • For the 2016 model year, Ford has given the Explorer a mid-cycle refresh, making some changes to the exterior, some interior upgrades, and adding safety features. The refresh also sees the addition of a Platinum trim level at the top of the lineup, which spent a week behind the wheel of.
  • Searching for somewhere to park in a busy city can be a long-winded and frustrating experience. Drivers in central London, however, no longer need to do so. A new service called Vallie allows them to hand their car over to be parked for them - and to be returned when requested.
  • ​There's no denying that good-quality bike locks tend to be heavy, plus they're often awkward to carry. While we have seen efforts to make them lighter and less obtrusive, GreyNut has gone a step farther – its Bindio system simply places the lock at a parking spot at the cyclist's destination.​
  • Tesla's latest over-the-air update has given owners the ability to "summon" their cars from the garage, as well as giving cars the ability to park themselves in the garage.
  • Scouring a multi-story car-park to find a space can be an unforgiving task. It's not necessary, however, at a new multi-story lot at the Dokk1 community complex in Aarhaus, Denmark. Drivers leave their cars with an automated system, which picks them up and carries them to a space.
  • London is making strides to improve its cycling infrastructure, but still has a lack of safe storage. Eco Cycle is seeking to remedy this. Its automatic machines whisk users bikes into a circular, vertical rack that is secure and dry. Bikes are returned to their owners with the swipe of a card.
  • Trying to find a parking space in a city center isn't just frustrating at times, but can also waste time, cost money and result in needless tailpipe emissions. Bosch has revealed a system where sensors at parking spaces are used to inform drivers where they can park.
  • Car doors can be ungainly when they're being opened, smacking into things like garage walls, light posts, or the body panels of other cars. That's why a group of German high school students has developed a system that stops the door from opening before it can hit anything.