Build your own miniature self parking car

self-park

[Achu Wilson] was watching TV when he saw an ad for Volkswagen’s latest Passat, which happens to come equipped with a park assist mode. This essentially allows the car to park itself with little to no user interaction. While these systems come as a pricey add-on option, he figured he could build something similar in his own home, albeit on a much smaller scale.

Digging through his parts bin he only came across a single infrared proximity sensor, so instead of building vehicle that could parallel park, he settled on constructing one that can situate itself in a traditional parking spot instead. The car is built from wood and a pair of DC motors [Achu] had on hand, both of which are controlled using an ATmega16.

As a proof of concept, it looks to work pretty well despite the fact that it only has a single fixed sensor navigate its surroundings. We imagine it would be a relatively easy task to adapt the system for parallel parking, among other things.

Continue reading to see [Achu's] self-parking car in action.

Comments

  1. Do I see vintage Capsela wheels on this build????!!?!?

  2. Sam says:

    Was this designed by a Brit? I’d want a little room on the left side for the driver to exit the vehicle.

  3. vonskippy says:

    Must be a single WOMEN infrared proximity sensor by the way it parks.

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