It’s 7:45 p.m. and you’re running late for your movie date. You arrive at the movie theatre only to find the parking lot as crowded as ever and there’s only a few tiny, cramped spaces left. What do you do? If you try and fit the car in a tight spot you will either park smoothly on one try or fail miserably and scratch the hell out of your vehicle. What would your date make of it? Wouldn’t it be nice to step of out, click a button and let your car do the rest? Soon, that will be possible.
Ford researchers have been hard at work testing the limits of innovation and ease of use. This new concept known as Fully Assisted Parking Aid, is being pioneered by Ford Europe and will soon make it to Fords everywhere. The system relies on ultrasonic sensors to “feel” obstacles around the car, and it also overtakes the braking, gas and transmission systems for a smoother parking. According to Ford Research, the only required input from the driver is to keep a button pressed during the parking process. As a safety measure, the process will stop anytime the button is released.
As we’ve mentioned before, autonomous driving is just around the corner, and these small steps in the right direction will only get us there faster. Remember the best part about this new parking system is that the car can park in a spot so small you wouldn’t be able to open the door if you were inside. That’s when the remote parking system comes in handy, as you can also retrieve the car from the spot with the same button.
Ford already uses a similar system called Active Park Assist, which only works for parallel parking and the driver controls most of the car’s breaking and acceleration. Unlike the new system, Active Park Assist also requires the driver to be inside the car while operating. Don’t forget to stop by Lamarque Ford and see our current selection of vehicles with Active Park Assist, it will blow you away.
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