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Parking the easy way ...

ENGINEERS at BMW claim to have found a novel answer to the squeeze being put on garage space as cars get bigger with each new model.

They say that driving into the garage might call for no more than a click of the car’s key fob in future.

And another click could restart the engine and reverse the car back to where the manoeuvre began.

System engineer Frank Genzier said: ‘So many people are having trouble getting in and out of car doors in garages that we think the time has come to let the car park itself.’

Using cameras and a computer, Remote Park Assist works via the car’s keyfob and takes a double click to shift the automatic transmission into Drive.

It then turns on the headlamps and folds back the door mirrors before steering itself into the correct position and moving gently into the garage.

Once it reaches a predetermined spot, the automatic transmission is switched into Park, the lights are dimmed out and the engine turned off.

The company said such technology was a long way from reality but was certainly feasible.

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