How Does Remote Park Assistance Work?
While it might seem like magic, technology that gives cars the ability to park themselves has been around for quite some time now, and it’s a relatively simple process to install on a vehicle.
Typically, a vehicle is fitted with either a surround-view or rear-view camera, as well as a number of ultrasonic sensors that can accurately measure the distance between your car and another vehicle on the road.
These ultrasonic sensors are constantly scanning their surroundings, and form part of a vehicle’s blindspot monitoring system, forward and rear cross-traffic alerts, and the forward-collision warning system.
Data from a vehicle’s ultrasonic sensors and the forward and rear-view cameras is crunched by the onboard computer, which takes control of the vehicle’s throttle, brakes and steering as it parks the vehicle.
The driver is still required to put the vehicle in the correct gear, either drive or reverse as the vehicle steers into the chosen spot.
Let’s take a look at the best cars with park assist for sale here in Australia.
We’ll kick off our list with Peugeot’s charismatic compact SUV, the 3008. In Europe, you’ll often find Peugeots dominating the car population in cities, which is why the company has fitted its fan-favourite with an intelligent park assist system. As standard on Allure, GT-Line and GT variants, the 3008’s ultrasonic sensors scan vacant parks and navigates the 3008 into the spot without any driver input at all.
While the Corolla might be one of the cheapest vehicles in Toyota’s lineup, the company knows that, as a regular in the urban jungle, a park assist feature is a welcomed addition for many Corolla buyers. Simply drive close to a vacant spot with the system engaged, and it will scan the car park to make sure the size is right. From there, Toyota’s park assist system takes control of the steering wheel, while you control the throttle, brake and gears.
Hyundai is no stranger to giving buyers a comprehensive suite of active safety equipment, and this extends to its midsize SUV, the Tucson, and more. Hyundai’s system goes further than other manufacturers, too, with a remote parking system that allows you to take control over the vehicle remotely as it squeezes itself in and out of car spaces.
Skoda’s active safety suite includes clever features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot management and, of course, park assistance. Skoda’s park assist scans empty car spots to make sure it can fit, and then squeeze into a perpendicular or parallel parking space all by itself. It’s so easy that Skoda says all the driver has to do is remember to pay for parking.
The Ford Ranger is the first ute to feature a full park assist suite, making it one of the most technologically-advanced utes on the market. Ford’s park assist system scans vacant car parks to make sure it can fit into an empty space, and then takes control of the steering wheel as the driver controls the throttle and brake inputs.
Volvo has, for years now, been an industry leader when it comes to active safety technologies, and this extends to its park assist system. You can find park assist on the XC40, as well as the XC60, XC90, S60, and S90, which takes control of the steering wheel for both perpendiculars and reverse parallel parking. The system also helps you navigate out of tight car parks, or reverse the car slightly via the key fob to give the driver easy access to the cabin.
As one of the smartest cars on the road, the Tesla Model 3 is a great technical showpiece of autonomous parking. Known as Autopark, Tesla’s system uses data from the ultrasonic sensors and the cameras as you approach a vacant car park, asking you to slow down to around 8km/h as it scans the spot. From there, you select the Autopark button on the infotainment system, put it in reverse, and it parks itself.
Volkswagen’s park assist system takes full control over the vehicle’s steering wheel as you’re parking, leaving the driver in full control over the throttle and brake. This means that the system does the tricky part of the equation, as you hit the brakes and switch between drive and reverse, taking a lot of the stress out of parking.
Kia has its own form of smart parking assistance, which it packages into its GT-Line flagship range, including the Sorento, Sportage, and more. Kia’s system allows the driver to control the car remotely via the key fob, giving control over forward and reverse movements to help gain access to the door in tight situations.
As a premium manufacturer, Genesis offers park assist technology across its full range of vehicles, including the G70, G80, GV70, GV80 and more. The system can help navigate traditional car parks, as well as more complicated reverse parallel parks that prove tricky for many drivers.
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