Park assist technology is an automated parking guidance system that uses radars and camera-based sensors to help drivers park safely and efficiently. When initiated, the technology autonomously parks vehicles in tight corners with little input from the observing driver.
Ligier developed an electric car with a park assist prototype in 1990. In 2003, Toyota deployed its Intelligent Parking Assistant on Prius hybrids allowing it to perform automatic parallel parking. It was the first park assist technology in commercial use.
Park assist technology uses sensors and cameras to detect obstacles and spaces around the car. When the sensors detect a suitable spot, the driver receives confirmation to initiate parking.
Over the decades, park assist technologies have developed to offer a spectrum of parking aids. Simple systems project a video of the car’s surroundings on a screen that the driver uses to park the vehicle safely.
Other more complex systems require the driver to initiate the process. Ford’s Active Park Assist, for instance, can perform perpendicular and parallel parking with the driver sitting in the vehicle.
Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist allows the driver to step out of the vehicle and initiate parking with a keyfob.
Automatic parking reduces the stress of manually steering into tight spaces while straining to see all sides, improving driver comfort.
Since Toyota’s success, many car brands have developed various park assist technologies.
Many cars in Ghana have park assist technology. The Citroën C4 Picasso comes with Park Assist driver assistance technology. Land Rover vehicles in Ghana also feature park assist technology to help drivers park safely and efficiently.
Other carmakers like Jaguar, Renault, and BMW offer park assistance using a combination of cameras and sensors.
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