Do Cars Park Better Than People?
AAA has been putting us to the test.
Their new survey found that almost 80% of us are confident in our parallel parking.
And only 1 in 4 of us would trust a car to park itself.
But tests show we’re not so good.
Drivers who used their park assist systems had 81% fewer curb strikes than drivers doing it on their own.
“Emerging technologies, like active park assist, are becoming more common in new vehicles, but American motorists still have not fully embraced this technology.” said Montrae Waiters, AAA spokeswoman. “AAA found drivers who used these new features during testing did exceptionally well and had fewer curb strikes then drivers who did not use the technology. This is great news for motorists who find it challenging to parallel park.”
AAA tested self-parking features on five vehicles: a 2015 Lincoln MKC, a 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic, a 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Sport, a 2015 BMW i3 and a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited.
Compared to drivers that manually parallel parked with the aid of a standard back-up camera, AAA found:
•Self-parking systems parallel parked the vehicle using 47 percent fewer maneuvers, with some systems completing the task in as little as one maneuver.
•Self-parking systems were able to park a vehicle 10 percent faster.
•Self-parking systems were able to park 37 percent closer to the curb.
Still, the technology isn’t perfect.
AAA found that some systems parked very close to the curb, scuffing your tires.
“AAA advises motorists who do not use their park assist to leave six-to-eight inches between the vehicle and the curb when parallel parking,” continued Waiters. “During testing some systems left as little as a half-inch cushion. AAA is an advocate for self-parking technology, but urges automakers to consider increasing the distance a vehicle parks itself from the curb to avoid damages.”