A car that can park itself? Surely we’re not too far off hoverboards or transportation devices?

With the holidays upon us Christmas shopping is in overdrive, but the biggest challenge is not making your way through the crowded stores but instead navigating the already overflowing car park.

So wouldn’t it be a dream come true to have a car that parks itself and save you and your family all of that hassle and stress? Thankfully, that dream may not be too far away thanks to the good people at Volvo.

A car you can leave at the door to park itself is part of an autonomous driving project currently planned by the team at Volvo and Swedish authorities in Gothenburg.

One hundred self-driving Volvos will research the benefits of developing sustainable personal mobility, including the Swedish Government’s vision of zero traffic fatalities. Proving that safety is the number one concern at the heart of this project.

After going bankrupt in 2011, SAAB resumed production of the 9-3 Aero model this month under Chinese-Japanese owners. The car has a conventional 2.0 turbo-petrol engine, but the owners plan an electric model next year, aimed
first at the Chinese market. There’s no word on the possibility of Australian sales just yet, but loyal fans across the country are sure to be watching eagerly to get shier hands on this new self parking technology that is sure to be in high demand. The first Saab-badged vehicle built under NEVS rolled off the production line in September this year, with the pre-production car looking near identical to the circa-2011 Saab 9-3. Production of an electric-powered 9-3 is due to begin in 2014, potentially with a facelifted exterior, and is likely to be followed by a convertible variant.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the status of the SAAB 9-3 Aero model and keep you in the loop when this technology is out on the road.