Autonomous Trailer Hitching Is Right Around The Corner

27 March 2019 - motor1

Autonomous Trailer Hitching Is Right Around The Corner

This patent filing points to a bright future for those who love towing, but hate hitching.

Regardless about how you feel about technology – especially autonomous vehicle technology – you have to admit that this latest development is a godsend. We've found a patent filing for an autonomous trailer-hitching system.

The patent looks to have been applied for by Continental Automotive Systems in Auburn Hills, Michigan, deep in the heart of Big Three country, and was filed back in September of last year.

It seems like such a logical development that we were initially surprised that it took someone this long to develop the technology. After all, we've had cars that can parallel park themselves for years now.

However, when you give it a little thought, it's clear that maneuvering a car into a car-sized space is a lot more difficult than maneuvering one so that the trailer hitch lines up with a 2" ball. That's akin to Luke Skywalker's miracle shot into the thermal exhaust port of the first Death Star.

Of course, we're not Jedi, and we have no Force abilities, so us mere mortals have had to wait for technology to catch up. It appears that we've finally reached that point, although we've yet to see this system function in the real world. From what we can gather from the patent, the hitch ball and coupler would both contain transponders that were able to communicate with each other, allowing the truck to use its autonomous driving abilities to connect the two with precision.

It doesn't take long to get used to driving a truck with a trailer attached to it, and it doesn't take long for it to feel like second nature. We still struggle, though, with lining up our trailers and hitch, and while we haven't bashed our bumpers in yet, it's a near-constant worry. It appears that, soon enough, we won't have to worry about it at all.

News By Tags

a1alfaalfa romeoAlfa Romeo 4CAlfa Romeo GiuliaAlfa Romeo StelvioAlpinaalpinealpine a110amazonAston MartinaudiAudi A3Audi E-tronAudi R8Audi RS3Audi Rs5Audi SQ8AustraliaAustrijaautiautocestaautocesteautoindustrijaautomobilautomobiliautomobilska industrijaautoškolaBentleybenzinbikebikesbmwBMW 3 seriesBMW 4 SeriesBMW 7 SeriesBMW 8 SeriesBMW i3BMW m3BMW M4BMW M5BMW X7boatboatsBosna i HercegovinabrabusbrzinaBugattiburacampercamper vanCentar za vozila HrvatskecestacestarinacesteChryslercitroenCitroen C3citroen c4classicscrash testcrossoverCustom cardaciaDacia DusterDalmacijaDetroit Auto ShowdieselDiesel bandiesel scandaldieselgateDizeldizelašidrag raceDucatiDugopoljeDysonelectricelektrična vozilaelektrični automobilEUeuropeeuropska unijaevFCAferrarifiatfordFord FiestaFord FocusFord MustangFord PumaFord RangerFord TransitFrankfurt Motor ShowfunnygenesisGeneva Motor ShowgermanyGMgorivoGrand TourgranicagumegužvehacHAKHarley-DavidsonHoldenhondahow toHrvatskaHrvatske cestehybridhydrogenhyundaiHyundai KonaHyundai Santa FeHyundai TucsonIgor NešićistraživanjejaguarjeepJeep WranglerJeremy ClarksonkamionKaznakazneKiaKia Sportagekoenigseggkoronaviruskupnjalamborghinilancialand roverLand Rover DefenderLexusMaseratiMate RimacmazdamercedesMercedes SprinterMercedes X-Classmilan bandićmitsubishiMotociklimotorcyclemotorsportMUPnesrećaNikolanissanNissan ArmadaNissan LeafNissan TitanNjemačkanovi automobiliOleg ButkovićopelOpel AstraOpel ComboOpel CorsaOsijekParis Motor Showparkiranjepeugeotpeugeot 2008peugeot 208Peugeot 3008Peugeot 308Peugeot 5008Peugeot 508pickuppolandpolicijapolovni automobiliporezporeziporschePorsche 911porsche panamerapotrespožarprekršajiprodajaProdaja automobilaprodajni saloniprometprometnaprometna dozvolaprometna nesrećaPrometne kazneprometne nesrećePSArabljenirabljeni autirabljeni automobilRabljeni automobiliradoviramrecallrecreational vehiclerecreational vehiclesregistracijaRemetinečki rotorrenaultRenault ClioRenault DusterRenault KadjarRenault MeganeRenault Zoerent a carRichard HammondRijekarimacRimac C_TwoRivianromeorotorRVSeatSeat LeonservisŠibenikskodaSkoda KaroqSkoda KodiaqSkoda OctaviaSkoda ScalaSlavonski BrodSljemeSlovenijasmartSplitspy shotsSrbijasubarusudarsupercarssuvSuzukitechnologytehnički pregledteslaTesla Model 3toyotaToyota TacomaToyota YaristrajekttrucktržišteTržište automobilatuningtvornicaukUSAvanVaraždinVolkswagenVolkswagen ArteonVolkswagen Golfvolvovozačivozačka dozvolavozački ispitvozilaVOZNI PARKvwVW ArteonVW Atlasvw beetleVW GolfVW Golf VIIIvw jettaVW PoloVW T-CrossVW T-RocYachtYamahayugoZadarZagrebZagreb Auto Showzakonzakon o sigurnosti prometa na cestamazastavazimske gume