Lexus has been letting drivers prove they cannot handle basic driving functions for a while now, but Volkswagen is getting into the act and recently demonstrated a similar type of parking assist service at the Hanover Fair. The system uses the usual array of cameras and ultrasound sensors to perfectly park the car in a narrow space. Similar to Lexus though it may be, VW's Park Assist Vision does have one particularly nice function that would even make the DARPA folks envious.

It includes a remote control. With this you can get out of the vehicle, activate the Park Assist Vision and it will park itself and lock the doors. With that time saved you could get into the mall a whole 30 seconds sooner than without the system. [WCF]