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The Lexus LS460 is a technophile's dream car -- it hosts the first eight-speed transmission, a rear-view camera, 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo and hard disk drive to store 4,000 songs... and it parks itself. CNBC's Phil LeBeau shows us how "hands-free" is really done in the video above.

We've chatted with fellow automotive journalists about the self-parking feature, and most have not been impressed -- and by their accounts, what you see in the video is the best-case scenario. By the time the driver lines up the car correctly, confirms the space in which the car is to be parked, and presses go, the drivers in the cars lined up behind him will be out of patience faster than you can say, "Weren't you supposed to learn this crap in driver's ed?"

[Source: CNBC via Jalopnik]



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      Rick
      • 8 Years Ago
      YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME..this is what they are trying to entice buyers with? So Rich Ol' conservitive biddy's can brag the car parks itself....which takes five minutes mind you!! What's next...a car that wipes your @$$! Are we really becoming that lazy as a society that we can't park our own cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is certainly a useful feature. I watched an elderly man parallel park his Lexus SC430 right into the front bumper of the car behind him one afternoon. It is also obvious that the self-parking system is limited in functionality due to legal concerns. The driver controls the speed at which the car enters the parking space and retains sole liability for any damage to another person's property; the system is only a "guidance" for parking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't see BMWs with that...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they taught this car about Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics.
      I'd hate to see this pre robotic car take over the streets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I found that pretty cool. Obviously there could be some improvement (ie its obvious the system is pretty particular about your closeness to the other cars, etc), but still, i can see alot of potential here.

      Kinda freaky how the steering wheel moves on it's own; I'd love to know how much control you have over the brakes and steering while it's moving should it be necessary.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet! ...But also very slow from what the video shows. Also the spot was huge. I think those that have parallel parking somewhat down will never use this technology.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This feature is awesome, but as mentioned, it takes a little too long to park...now when my robotic sentinel car can park like this here I'll be the first to buy a car like this!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think people will loose their Patience and just park themselves.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i have seen people without a Lexus tech present try to use this feature and it does not work like shown. You can wait for minutes trying to adjust this stuff and it still wont do it correctly. Big waste of money
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, it's not even like Toyota made it all themselves, if other companies want to pay for it, they can. I know they've made a Prius with this before too. It's an interesting idea, I'd never use it because I never have to parallel park, I just pull forward into curb-side spaces anway.

      http://www.aisinworld.com/products/auto/info.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      .This feature is for old ladies with bad eyesight.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW!!!!!!! the BS!!!!!!!!!! that's spewed out these days. Does the Lexus come with the guy that tells you EXACTLY where to start the parking.

      Once again Yoda gets a pass in American corporate media.

      Honestly I would love some one to report about the CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION GOING ON IN JAPAN ABOUT TOYOTA EXECUTIVES WHICH COVERED UP SAFTEY ISSUES FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS.
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