What is Automatic Parking Assist?
Parking your car is one of the most elemental of driving tasks, but for some drivers, it’s also one of the most difficult. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where the car ends and obstacles begin, and many vehicles on the road have the scratched paint, dented bumpers, and damaged wheels to prove it. And who among us hasn’t suffered a door ding due to other motorists parking too close and letting their doors fly open?
Automatic parking assist can help relieve some of the stress and reduce some of the damage. This technology uses sensors, radars, and cameras to take autonomous control of specific parking tasks or the entire parking exercise, helping drivers safely and securely store their vehicle without damaging it or other cars parked nearby.
These automatic parking assist systems go way beyond the beeps of front and rear parking sensors, steering for you at a minimum and, increasingly, taking complete control of parking while you stand outside of the vehicle. Lately, a veritable explosion of self-parking technologies has put automatic parking assist into many drivers, and numerous cars, trucks, and SUVs offer the systems.
Here are some examples of the currently available and future automatic parking assist systems.