Intelligent Parking Assist
Parking a car can be nerve wracking and frustrating because of limited vision. Parking in tight parking spaces and parallel parking can be even more difficult because of your blind spot. Intelligent parking assist can help to make parking safer and less stressful. This is a new technology that can be found in some vehicles to help make parking simple.
Some people often find that parking can be one of the most difficult things to do when driving because of limited field of vision and the coming and going of other cars and objects. It was first made for Lexus models by the Toyota Motor Corporation.
It is difficult to believe that this technology was first introduced to vehicles back in 2004. Vehicles that has intelligent parking assist can steer itself safely into a parking space with very little input by the driver. An onboard computer also helps to figure out how much space the car has to safely maneuver itself into a parking space. It also uses cameras for backing up or parallel parking.
Intelligent parking assist works by using computer processors that are attached to the car’s sonar warning system, sensors and a backup camera. The sensors are situated all around the exterior of the car. These systems operate with one another to calculate obstacle information and the steering angle data.
In the first few models of intelligent parking assist, the cameras and computer had difficulty detecting some objects other than cars including people, cats and more. This was a huge safety concern and it was quickly addressed, improving not only the safety of the device but the function of the overall system. The system used to require greater user control as when the driver was about to hit a vehicle flashing lights and warnings will go off. This too has been resolved with the system now being able to detect parking lines.
Many car manufacturers are now including some form of park assist in their new vehicle line ups. A few of the most common include Volkswagen, Lexus, Toyota and Ford. As technology progresses you can expect to see even more brands coming out with their own park assist system.
Although technology in cars is getting better, it will never replace the need of a human driver. This is due to a lot of driving being reactionary and on alert for unexpected things. The way that technology is changing the way that we drive, specifically the way that we park can help in making our everyday travels a little bit safer.