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      10-28-2010, 02:30 AM   #45
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I think this is a great idea. My mrs actually openly admits to that fact that she can not park my m3. So this would be great for her.
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what a waste of R&D.
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Although I see the point that this may be useless in the United States, I think this technology is more than just a remote controlled parking feature. It was only a few years ago that this kind of technology didn't exist in cars (along with other amazing techs). This reveals potentials about the future of automobiles that we may have only been able to see in hollywood movies.
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      10-28-2010, 12:13 PM   #48
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Naturally, being an attorney, my first thought is whose fault is it when the car gets banged up when the machine inadvertent collides with something---like a dog or child. Sure, there can be a kill-switch, but things fail.

Self/assisted parking is one thing, but this technology----you're not even in the car!

I am sure they won't bring this to U.S. since you can be sued for doing anything
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I really don't see the use in such a system. This is tantamount to saying, "You don't have to yourself actually drive car the first/last 15 feet of your trip." Preposterous!!!

Now if they found a feature that let me get out of the car and the car then automatically drove round to find a parking spot and then when I call the car, it comes back to pick me up, that'd be of real value. (Of course, it'd put the valet parking companies out of business...)

Hopefully, going forward, BMW opt to spend their resources on something that is of real value. Think of how much less our cars could cost had BMW used the money spent to develop this stupid geegaw to instead provide any number of things to its customers...say:
- Longer free maintenance periods
- Longer warranty periods
- Lower purchase price or add something(s) more as standard equipment
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Although I see the point that this may be useless in the United States, I think this technology is more than just a remote controlled parking feature. It was only a few years ago that this kind of technology didn't exist in cars (along with other amazing techs). This reveals potentials about the future of automobiles that we may have only been able to see in hollywood movies.
I've never had a car that could not go forward or backwards on its own. What kinds of cars have you been buying?
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I think this is a great idea. My mrs actually openly admits to that fact that she can not park my m3. So this would be great for her.
She'd be better served to learn how to drive/park.

What is that saying about giving a man a fish vs. teaching him how to fish...
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Great technology, but doesn't really make sense. So I'm in front of my garage, press the garage remote, get out of the car, press the parking remote, car parks itself as opposed to drive in front of my garage, press the garage remote, move forward, brake, get out of car.

The former approach just seems to be more of a hassle than of benefit.
I hear ya...for me it's: approach the house, press the remote garage opener, the garage door is open by the time I get there, drive in, stop, get out of the car, walk into the house via the door INSIDE the garage.
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Might not be useful in North America where we all have nice sized garages, but maybe in Europe if you have to park in lets say an ally beside your house and there is no room to open the door once parked, it would be great.
??? If one must park in such a spot now, what does one do? Not park???
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Didn't they demonstrate the same thing a few years ago on a 7 Series?
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Some people have really tight garages either because of its small size or lots of things stored in the garage. Makes it tough to get in and out of the car. This technology could be helpful in those situations.
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