All on its own, a car is looking for a parking spot without a driver. With a look to the future, an autonomous valet parking option is controlled by a smart phone.
"I think it is a great concept, especially on a city where it is not easy to find parking," said Mitch Krautkramer.
Many watched as this new concept was showcased in the Merchandise Mart parking lot. The automotive supplier Valeo is working with all carmakers to make autopilot parking an option.
Regional Communications Manager "Stats shows show you spend about a day of your life, just driving to park, so if you have a vehicle do it for you, you can do other things," said Valeo Regional Communications Manager Brad Warner.
The valet parking technology works by uses ultra-sonic sensors, cameras and a laser scanner. A driver can pull up at the entrance of a parking lot or garage, get out, activate the system by his or her phone and walk away while the car finds a spot.
"And the driver is done and wants to pull out, all he has to do is activate and car will come back to you," said Valeo Project Technical Manager Sam Azuz.
But the feature that has many Chicagoans excited is automated parallel parking. Watch it from the curb or ride shotgun as the car does the dreaded parking job for you.
"I lose sleep about parallel parking," said Adrienne Groesch. "I would be in interested in that, but it still questionable leaving anything to technology."
As much the parallel parking feature is needed for city drivers, Valeo Company officials say pilotless parking is about 10-15 years away from becoming a reality.