• Dec 9th 2013 at 2:27PM
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Techsplanations: Park Assist

The parallel park. One of the most dreaded car maneuvers imaginable, this tricky park job is the bane of driving instructors and unpracticed suburbanites alike. To combat parking phobia and unintentional rear-endings Mercedes-Benz, has a solution. Take the driver out of the equation.

Enter the Mercedes-Benz suite of parking assist technologies. Known as Parktronic, Mercedes has by far the most technologically advanced and comprehensive self-parking option on the roads today. Owners lucky enough to find this feature in their car needn't worry about awkwardly angling their luxury cars for a sideways spot. The car takes on the tough part of parking by steering the car into place.

Once a driver finds a spot, sensors in the car's bumpers scan the area to get the lay of the land and prompt the driver to engage the system. While engaged, Parktronic does all the steering while the driver controls acceleration and braking. Using rear, front and overhead cameras, the car provides the driver with a view on all sides as well as a digital representation of where the car is and where it is heading. The car even lets drivers know when they need to shift into drive as it straightens out into the parking space for them.

Advanced technology such as park assist isn't just for luxury cars. Ford, GM and Toyota all offer varying degrees of parking assistance to their owners. Along with intelligent car technology that stops cars automatically when a crash is imminent, parking assist is seen as automaker's first steps toward bringing self-driving car technologies to consumer markets.

NOTE: Former AOL Autos Editor-In-Chief David Kiley knows how to parallel park, and does so with a great deal of skill and flair.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Why buy a Merc for this? Ford have had it in the U.K for a couple of years and Citroen had a measuring device to assist in parallel parking 3 years ago. If you don't know the size of your car you should get a smaller car...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Parallel parking was used as proof that you could control a car's motion. So now we've added another dumbing down of drivers.
        • 1 Year Ago
        .. >proof that you could control a car's motion< ..BWAAHAHAHAHAH!!! ..your'e a JOKE!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love to parallel park! I just had to the other day on a busy street but I was able to wedge my van right into that only open spot! I would rather do things for myself than have some machine doing it for me! I don't even like ABS breaks! I'd rather tap the breaks myself when I'm on ice rather than just sit there pushing the stupid break pedal down! ugh Before we know it, nobody will have to learn anything at all! Just plop down in the car and push a destination button and let the car take you there... That might actually work out better for the idiot drivers out there that pull out in front of someone and then drag their butts.... or the morons who weave in and out of lanes while on a cell. Maybe those jerk off drivers should have the automated cars. There would be less accidents and the rest of us good drivers would feel safer on the roads.
      • 1 Year Ago
      if you cant parallel park you shouldn't be driving.. they really do give let ANYONE drive,its terrible
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you can't park it you probably don't need to be driving it!
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about people just learn how to park. It is not that hard.
      • 1 Year Ago
      must be first time he seen something like this
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh goody......another gadget to remove the human brain from the equation, make us stupider, and when it breaks, cost an arm and a leg to fix. I miss my old stick shift Mustang, my stick shift Ford truck and driving where you had to work at it a little. There wasn't an opportunity for someone's mind to get so bored they had to text and kill someone else. If they would bring back DRIVING for driving's sake, all this goofing off with gadgets, phones, food, books, make-up and pets it would stop causing accidents.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Parallel parking is quite easy if one can't parallel park then go to your local DMV and return your license back to DMV. Then get in to a drivers training coarse and learn how to drive. Have parallel parked: pick up trucks , full size SUVs ,semi tucks with 53' trailers and farm tractors with wagons or other implement attached to tractor. Have parked when only a few inches of space remained open after parking. To those whom seem to be unable to parallel park have question. How did you even acquire the license that is a privilege to obtain and use ? Just because some of you do not parallel park often does not mean that some where some day you will have to parallel park. Just like driving on wet ,icy , congested , hole laden or snow covered roads take skill so does parallel parking. All of these skills are necessary to be a good driver and a safe driver. Merry Christmas to all !!
        Hi Sandra
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yeh right, you are just so wonderful. What a laugh!
        • 1 Year Ago
        You would be surprised how many immigrants are driving and they can't speak English. Now that's a scary situation. Ex…School bus drivers….They have translators to help them take the driving test.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't wait until one of these malfunctions and runs over a bunch of pedestrians....... When that happens, I sure this option will go away..... If you can't park a car you need to get a bicycle.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why can''t they use all of that brain power to increase our MPG and lower our dependence on arab oil? smokersodyssecycom
      • 1 Year Ago
      learn how to drive . top gear show has tested this parking thing they dont work
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