For the first time ever, Audi is showing off its NIPS (are we not doing phrasing anymore?). All kidding aside, Audi will be showing its Intelligent Parking technologies at the Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS [stop snickering]). This will be Audi’s first ever showcase at NIPS and it will be the only automaker to have its own stand and showcase there.
Admittedly, Audi’s showcase stand is just a 1:8 scale model of the “Audi Q2 Deep Learning Concept”. However, it does pack the same sort of technology and intelligence that Audi has been developing for its road cars. Using this 1:8 scale, fully-functioning model, on a 3×3 meter area, it searches for a parking space, finds one and parks in it on its own.
The Audi Q2 DLC is equipped with two mono cameras, one facing forward and one toward the rear, along with ten ultrasonic sensors throughout the car. An on-board computer takes all of the information gathered by these sensors and cameras and ends it to the electric motor and steering system in the form of control signals.
The impressive part of this isn’t its ability just to park itself but the ability to learn. See, the car isn’t given any set parameters. In fact, it actually starts out going in a random direction and learns, through trial and error, which direction to go in. This allows the car to solve problems completely autonomously. It learns and that’s impressive.
So, basically, Skynet is real and the machines are coming for us. Be warned.