Cars with bad blind spots make parking more difficult. A self- parking car can be helpful.

Maybe you are trying to get into a mall. Or maybe you are trying to get a small car into a tight spot on a crowded street. Today's cars can park themselves with the push of a button They will look for a big spot and maneuver into it with limited input from the driver in some models.

There are basic versions of self-parking tech that can be found on vehicles such as the Ford F and Escape. You can find more robust remote systems on many models.

What is self-parking?

Most self-parking cars can't handle 100% of the parking process themselves The driver will need to be present.

A self-parking system swings a vehicle into a parking spot. It's possible to reduce stress and save money by using automated parking, but it can also cause curb damage to expensive wheels and tires. The cost of repairing a curbed wheel can be as high as $150, while the least expensive tires can cost as much as $200. If you've tapped another vehicle, front and rear bumper scratches are part of the story.

Automatic systems have become a standard feature on many new cars and SUVs.

Some of the vehicle's sensors and cameras help prevent crashes and keep the car centered in its lane. There are different trade names for the system. Nissan and Ford both call it ProPilot Park and Ford Active Park Assist.

How does self-parking work?
  1. The most common systems are activated via a button somewhere on the dashboard or accessed via the infotainment screen.
  2. Once turned on, these automatic parking systems use various sensors or cameras on the front and rear of the vehicle to scan for an open parking spot while you drive. When they find one, they’ll prompt the driver — typically via a tone and a message in the instrument cluster.
  3. Then, the vehicle will instruct the driver to put the car’s transmission lever in either drive or reverse. That’s when the car takes over, at least to a degree. It will steer itself into the spot, correcting the steering angle as needed to ensure it doesn’t bump other cars or a tall curb.

The driver is required to modify the pedals. As you get closer to obstructions, the car's parking sensors will sound louder and faster. You have to hit the brakes to avoid an accident. You can see what's happening behind you with the backup camera display on the instrument cluster.

As the system slots the car into the spot, it will prompt you to switch between drives.

Part of the parking job can only be completed by other systems. It's possible that you need to move the car forward to get a better view of the vehicle behind.

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Automatic gear changes are handled by more advanced systems. You need to pay close attention because self- parking features aren't perfect. The system might be confused by a low curb next to the car or a trailer hitch on the car. It is a good idea to hover your foot over the brake pedal and look at the camera display.

Parallel parking is often targeted by automated parking. A newer self- parking system can swing a car into a spot.

Do you have to be behind the wheel?

It's not certain. There are systems that don't need the driver to be in charge.

The parking systems that can move a car forward or backward can be found on a number of cars. Ultra-tight parking garage systems use these systems the most.

It's called the system Remote Smart parking assist. Drivers can start the car remotely from the key fob and then use buttons on the dashboard to move it forward and backwards without the driver being in the vehicle. You need to keep an eye on the vehicle to make sure it doesn't move into a tight spot. The primary targets for the self- parking feature are narrow spots in large parking structures. If your garage is narrow or stuffed with other things, it can be useful.

There is a more advanced system in the cars. It can drive a car from a parking spot to its owner at a low speed. The system can be used to move the car to a garage.

Mercedes-Benz has a self-parking system called Intelligent Park Pilot that is similar to smart summon. Tech that may be available on a wider range of more affordable models is being tested by Ford.

What cars are self-parking?

There is a wide range of newer cars that can park themselves. There are cars that are self- parking. The parking assistance features can be optional.

If you want to buy a car that has automatic parking, you need to read through the model's standard and optional features.

  • 2022 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2022 Chrysler Pacifica
  • 2022 Ford Escape
  • 2022 Genesis GV70
  • 2022 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2022 Kia EV6
  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • 2022 Nissan Rogue
  • 2022 Tesla Model Y
  • 2022 Volkswagen Atlas
  • 2022 Volvo XC60

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