From parking in tight spaces to parallel parking, parking can create a lot of anxiety for drivers. Almost every driver has narrowly avoided tapping a bumper or scratching their wheels against a curb when trying to perfect their parallel parking skills. However, this struggle may be a thing of the past due to new tech innovations in the automotive space, including self-parking.
What Is Self-Parking?
Self-parking cars have the technology necessary to park on their own. While some may need a little assistance with accelerating and braking, these vehicles can handle the steering when attempting to squeeze into a difficult spot. Other cars can control the accelerating, braking, and steering for a completely autonomous parking experience.
How Self-Parking Car Technology Works
The secret to self-parking cars is sensor activation. When activating the self-park system, sensors on the rear, sides, and front of the vehicle can detect a clear space to park. Once the driver shifts into reverse, the car will take over steering on its own with the sensors’ help. The proximity sensors will issue an alert if the vehicle is at risk of colliding with an obstacle. If necessary, the car will ask that you shift back into drive to finish the parking maneuver. Otherwise, the vehicle will steer itself into the clear space, continuously using the sensors to ensure the path is clear.
How Do Proximity Sensors Work?
Proximity sensors work through a radar system. The radars send out signals that bounce off objects. For example, when parallel parking between two other cars, the sensors would send out a signal that bounces off the two other vehicles to determine how close you are to them.
Self-parking cars may be the future of parking and rid us all of parallel parking anxiety. Self-parking car technology works because the sensors allow for safe, collision-free maneuvering.