MZANSI people love going to the malls, and the concrete jungle is full of them.

However, with malls always packed, finding a parking space is often a mission.

The search for parking space can be a daunting activity. And when you find the space, it might be a tight squeeze.

For this reason, Ford has partnered with infrastructure providers and technology companies, including Bosch, to demonstrate the potential for a connected car to communicate with the parking infrastructure to not only find space, but also to park itself.

This initiative is part of a German association of the automobile industry collaboration.

Automated Valet Parking enables drivers to use an app to send the car into an automated parking manoeuvre, all from outside.

The technology, currently in the research and demonstration phase, takes the stress out of parking. It could also be extended to enable drivers to send the vehicle to a car wash, charging station or even have parcels delivered to it.

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Ford will demonstrate Automated Valet Parking at the International Motor Show Germany in Munich.

Sensor technology, set up in the car parking, takes over the control and manages all the traffic inside the area. This is done via vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.

The park sensors recognise and localise the car to guide its parking manoeuvre.

If the infrastructure senses something in the path, such as a pedestrian, car or hazard, it stops the car immediately.

Upon arriving at the parking spot, the driver leaves the car in a designated area and uses the FordPass app to start the automated guidance to a free space.

When the car is parked, it could also become a personal parcel drop-off point, with delivery companies accessing it to leave parcels in the boot.