Volvo Car Group has pioneered a working concept for an autonomous self-parking car. The new feature allows the car to find and park itself without the driver inside, while also interacting safely and smoothly with other cars and pedestrians along the way.

With this new technology, drivers no longer need to withstand the time-consuming task of finding a vacant parking space. Just drop the car off at the entrance to the car park, activate Autonomous Parking on your smart phone and the car does the tedious work for you.

The concept uses sensors to localise and navigate the car to an available parking space, while Volvo’s existing auto brake and vehicle/pedestrian detection will actively interact with other road users. The procedure is then reversed when the driver sends the signal to “pick me up”, again through a mobile phone command.

Watch the video above to see how it works. The autonomous parking feature is still in its infancy, however, and it will need some time yet to reach full production. As a start though, Volvo promises to introduce some aspects of autonomous steering in the all-new XC90 SUV that will be revealed at the end of 2014.