• Jan 4th 2009 at 7:01PM
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Ford's recent announcement of a new, automated parallel-parking system has prompted us to drive down Memory Lane and revisit an oldie-but-goodie. A couple years back, a handful of highly-motivated, up-and-coming mechanical engineers from the University of Toledo designed and built their own parallel parking system that seems to work as well as (maybe better than?) anything available to consumers. Though it might seem ridiculous at first, it's absolutely ingenious. The project takes a donated Toyota Corolla, some hydraulics, a motor, plus extra guide wheels and turns them into a brutally simple-yet-effective parallel parking device that could rival the latest techno-wizardry from Lincoln or Lexus.

Okay, okay - it's not perfect. You do have to give up your trunk space, and it sounds like the exhaust no longer benefits from a muffler, but still... Parallel parking takes just 21 seconds with little (if any) help from the driver, and without fancy computers and sensors to monitor all the action. Now as then, this still looks like a winner. Check the two video clips after the jump to see the system in action, and check out the build blog by clicking here. Kudos on the project guys. Hat tip to David for reminding us about this one!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow what a terrible parallel parking job. How we just practice or do it like audi does :P

      • 6 Years Ago
      All I can say is this is pretty old and they were beaten by a few decades. I don't remember where but I have seen old footage of a concept car where they had that type of system for parallel parking. I am sure others have seen it as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These parking systems remind me of a video:

        • 6 Years Ago
        Ha ha, awesome. : )
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hah... I graduated with/was in the same senior design project class with these guys... it was definitely slicker in person than the vids.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is good for those saps that can't park, means the spaces available will all be more fairly sized...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Did they really suck at parallel parking that much?
      I have Para parked faster than their "project" many a time.

      Like Alvin said... Driving is becoming a lost art
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can p-park faster than they could ever with or without that mechanism. Learn how to drive/park.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bet the mileage sucks though
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. Also great if you need to turn around in a small area and you need to do that "Austin Powers thing"(back up & turn & go forward & turn several times).

      I still want that gizmo I saw on Batman's car in a Scooby Doo cartoon. A base comes out form the bottom of the center of the belly, raises the car & it turns it 180 degrees.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice...someday people won't even know how to parallel park anymore. Driving will be a lost art one day...how sad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a 100% ripoff of an old 50s/60s Ford. THe exact same thing where the "spare" tire in the truck that was mounted vertically dropped down and did the same thing.. There was a video of this somewhere, I'll have to find it.. These kids saw obviously saw it.
        • 6 Years Ago

        decided to upload it so everyone can see that this idea isn't original.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Download Jeremy Clarkson - 1995 - Motorsport Mayhem

        I'd link to the torrent but I'm not sure if that goes against any of the sites rules. But it should be easy to find on youtorrent.com or pizzatorrent.com

        There is a clip of it at the 4:50 mark
      • 6 Years Ago
      actually this system might come in much more handy in a situation like this:


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