Lest we think Toyota's self-parking option β€” offered on the Prius in the UK β€” was the last word in mechatronics systems, YouTube comes through with a history lesson. Working with Volvo, students in Sweden proved back in 2004 that with a few sensors, a video monitor and a tangle of electrical junk in the trunk, a Volvo can be rigged to parallel-park itself. You just know this is the next big thing after heated windshield washers.

Evolve - A Student Project in Mechatronics in Collaboration with Volvo Cars [Link ping]

Self-Parking Prius Not Coming to US, Self-Parking Lexus LS600h Coming to US [internal]