The number one downside to having and bringing your own car [for me] is parking, the hassle of finding a parking spot, if there even is one, then having to walk far if you absolutely aren’t lucky enough to find one near where you’re going; sometimes it makes you wish you took an Uber instead. What makes it even worse if there could’ve been a spot for you but one douche driver didn’t park properly, or even worse if s/he took 2 parking spaces. It makes you rethink if they even know how to park properly, or if they know basic etiquette at least.
Here comes assistive/automatic parking which has been under development since 1999, basically it enables your car to park itself, or help you park semi-automatically.
Since, different car manufacturers have different take on things, I listed 2 different brands as sample. Here’s how it works:
Utilizes sensors in the bumper to determine if the car will fit in a specific space. The car will automatically steer into the parking space (parallel parking) and the driver will be responsible with the brakes and the transmission (gearshifts).
Information link: http://techcenter.mercedes-benz.com/en/active_parking/detail.html
BMW also has active assistive parking like the Mercedes-Benz but it has a remote controlled automatic parking available on its 7-series cars. The key of the car has an integrated remote control to start, stop, and park your car in a very tight parking space. Just align the car to the parking space, get out and use the key to automatically park the car in the tight parking space.
Other cars with parking assist:
- Lincoln MKC
- Jeep Cherokee
- Lexus LS 460
- Toyota Prius
- Ford Focus
- Jaguar XE
- Lincoln Navigator
- Land Rover Range Rover
Right off the bat, one would think that this is a great idea, I love it! It can do no wrong, but as we all know there are pros and cons to all things. I for one think that a definite pro of Assistive/Automatic Parking can help a lot especially BMW’s take since most parking spots here in Metro Manila are tight ( I don’t know if saving space or for more profit?). It also helps those who find it a struggle to park backwards or parallel park, and may lessen those who hog all the space to themselves. On the other hand, this may very well make people complacent since driver involvement becomes minimal.
What do you think? Is Assistive/Automatic Parking a yay or a nay? Or maybe await for further improvements?