Who needs a valet?

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I had to laugh at a story I saw on The Today Show this morning. BMW has apparently developed technology that allows a vehicle to park itself.

Called the Remote Valet Parking Assistant, the car uses four laser scanners to navigate the parking lot. Upon exiting the vehicle, the driver activates the system and the car drives off to find an empty space. When the driver returns, he or she speaks into a smartwatch and the car will come to you from wherever it parked itself.

No, I’m not going to rush out to get one of these things (walking is good exercise, remember) but I couldn’t get the image of all these empty cars driving around a busy mall parking lot during the holidays looking for an empty space. And what happens if two cars spot a space at the same time? Collision in lane 3?

And hmmm…what are the possibilities for a murder mystery involving one of the vehicles? I’ll have to ponder this.

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