Many of us find parking stressful (especially the dreaded parallel park manoeuvre) and city parking can be an obstacle course of hill starts and tight squeezes. But recent advances in car technology mean that a ‘self-parking’ system can take that stress away and literally park the car for you.
Censors on the side of the car ‘measure’ the space and the car will guide itself into the area once activated.
The process can be cancelled by pressing firmly and the brake or by turning the steering wheel, so the driver can still take control of needed.
The pros of a self-parking system are that in the city scenarios above, the process becomes much less stressful for the driver of the vehicle. The censors also work for reversing in general.
The cons, as with any electrical system, is that they can go wrong and desist to be useful and be very expensive to fix.
The top 5 cars with parking assistance:
1. Ford Focus is a small car with its size on its side, as fitting into a tight space is easier with a comprehensive parking assist system.
2. Toyota Prius can be used for any type of parking with the touch of a button. It loses points for the annoying voice over as it does it’s thing.
3. Volkswagen will park you in one movement, but will not even attempt the manoeuvre if it thinks the space may be too small.
4. Lexus LS460 was the first Lexus to have self-park, but it’s such a large car that parking can still be an issue even with park assist.
5. BMW 535 is great for parallel parking and will even go as far as to park itself once you are out of the vehicle.
What happens from an insurance perspective if there is an accident when using assist parking?
There have been cases of ‘faulty’ parking assist sensors which have caused vehicles to accelerate into other vehicles, cause collisions and even write offs. So what would happen in the event of an accident and who would be at fault?
Go Skippy suggests that you check with your insurer where the fault would lie in the event of an accident; cover will vary from company to company as park assist is a relatively new technology. As with the case of cruise control, which is now fitted as standard in many newer cars, the driver is still ultimately responsible for the vehicle at the time when the technology is in use.
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