• Dec 31, 2008
Click the image above to view the video after the jump

Ford's new Active Park Assist system generated plenty of discussion, ranging from those who berated the Dearborn company for following Toyota and those who thought Ford could do it better. Not having actually tried the system ourselves, we'll reserve judgement on how well it works. However, Ford has put up a video with Ali Jammoul, a Chief Engineer at the Blue Oval, demonstrating the system. In the demo it seems to work pretty well. Check it out for yourself after the jump.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      You mean the driver still has to operate the gas and the brake? what kind of convenience is that?! and 15 to 20 seconds? who has time to wait that long! I mean come on! that's an eternity! that could cost you a good spot in line at the Starbucks!
      Additionally, the driver still has to move the gear selector from "D" to "R" and back again???!!! whoa whoa WHOA! that is just asking WAAAAAAY too much there, Ford.

      Look.....if you are so incompetent that you cannot perform a parallel park on your own, then you shouldn't be driving at all.....that's why it's in the drivers test, it's called a skill for a reason.....learn it, do it, or fail.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Parallel parking isn't in the driving tests in Ca.
        • 6 Years Ago
        parallel parking is required, you just don't have to pass it to get a license...which is utterly sad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Parallel parking is required for the test where I am in California as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had to parallel park for my driving test in CA too. Not that the driver's education system in this country is any good, but at least some people have to learn how to park.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That spot was huge.


      If you cant park in that.....theres something wrong...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, when I went for the drivers test two years ago, I whipped that Toyota Prius into that spot with no effort at all.

      Now I drive a '97 Lincoln Mark VIII, and at 18' it's a lot different than parallel parking a Prius. I have done it, even on Newbury St. in Boston, and have had no problems. But that same day I saw a MAN trying to parallel park his new Corolla (his family was with him) and he basically bounced off both cars around him. My Lincoln is a lot longer than his Corolla, yet I had no problem. And when I saw him, I though: "Wow, I wish Toyota would borrow Lexus' crappy parking assist, because it could do better than that guy." So, for some people, it is a good feature because they just can't do all of the driving manuevers. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be allowed to drive. Some kids can't read until the third grade, and that doesn't mean they shouldn't be educated.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Definitely a cool idea with little practical necessity. It would be neat to show off with when friends are in the car but other than that I see little use. Actually I like to parallel park. Its kind of a self challenge to do it perfectly in a tiny space. So many people suck at it - as evidenced in the scuff marks on their rims!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks to be the same as Lexus'. I respect the effort, but I am going to parallel park the old fashioned way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd feel much more comfortable knowing that the target audience of this vehicle (you know who I'm talking about) has the car parking for them. As opposed to them doing it themselves...and hitting my front (or back) bumper...and parking 2 feet away from the curb. Kudos Ford. And BTW, autoblog said the Lexus park assist failed the two times they tried it. This is supposedly much more accurate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That spot is huge, if you can't park your car into a spot that big yourself you probably shouldn't be driving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still don't quite understand why, with the advent of radar-based cruise control technology from several automakers, drivers must still control the gas and brake pedal operations when using these self parking systems. If volvo has its new City Safety system in the Volvo XC60, which can even fully stop the car if sensing an impending crash, then shouldn't the system, when tied into the automatic parking function, be able to handle the acceleration and braking functions associated with parking?

      That would certainly one-up Toyota.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also the radar and laser based adaptive cruise control systems only have forward looking sensors. A parking system needs sensors that can see in all directions and doing that with the hardware used for ACC would be prohibitively expensive.0
        • 6 Years Ago
        No. Because then the driver could blame the car for hitting other cars. This way you're still supposed to pay attention and stop the car if you're about to hit something. If you're not controlling the car, then FORD is liable for any damage the car does to another car, as I'm sure a judge would easily allow people to sue for that. What if the car pulls forward and hits someone? But the driver wasn't touching the brake or gas? Or even causes reasonable doubt that the driver touched the gas or brake?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you can't parallel park your car without hitting someone you shouldn't have a license.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While I agree that we should know how to parallel park, it still seems like a good feature and implementation to me. The Lexus version seems far more complex.

      What I hope is that the sensor is really good at determining the space size. I would want it for that feature alone! How many times have you driven past a space because you weren't sure if it was big enough?

      Plus, I have a mustang, and despite having it for over 10 years, I still sometimes misjudge the parking, have to pull out, and try again. It would be nice to have a system like this for those situations.

      That said, if it were a choice in developing this versus better gas mileage or cleaner emissions, I'd choose the latter. But, all things equal, I don't think this is a bad thing.
      connor
      • 6 Years Ago
      anyone notice the paddle shifters on the steering wheel?
      maybe for the top of the line ecoboast model of the mks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too much noise for nothing Ford!
      Toyota has been using this technology for almost three years now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        different technology, similar result
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