Thursday, January 10, 2013

Active Park Assist

Are you not very good at parallel parking? No problem, with Ford's Active Park Assist the vehicle parallel parks itself!

• Makes parallel parking stress-free. With the simple press of a button, it will detect an available parallel parking space and automatically steer the vehicle into the space, without touching the steering wheel, while you control the accelerator, gearshift and brakes
• Uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and Electric Power-assist Steering (EPS) to identify and position the vehicle for parallel parking; calculates the optimal steering angle and quickly steers the vehicle into a parking spot, while providing very simple visual instructions and chimes (on the message center) that coach the driver during the entire parking maneuver
• Side looking sensors in the front bumper increase the ease, speed and accuracy of parking over competing, camera-reliant systems like that on Lexus/Toyota
• Measures and offers parking spaces; parks on grades; deactivates when a passenger door is opened and avoids opposite parked obstacles, while the Lexus/Toyota system cannot
• Simpler to use, parks in tighter spaces, closer to the curb, faster and more consistently than the Lexus/Toyota system with a more affordable MSRP

• On a test-drive, demonstrate how simply and intuitively the system operates:
– Point out that the vehicle must be driven at 18 mph or less and within 16 to 60 inches away from the parked vehicles
– Show how to activate the system by pressing the center console activation button that will prompt the driver of any feasible parallel-parking space on the active side. (Note: Each available parking space is scanned on both sides as you drive by them, but the system only offers those that are available on the active side of the vehicle. If the turn signal is not used, the active side defaults to the passenger side. Arrow symbols in the message center indicate which side is active)
– Show how the system prompts you to accept the system’s assistance to park by following the simple instructions on the message center and hearing the chimes
– Point out that the steering system takes over and steers the car into the parking space hands-free. Reinforce that the driver still shifts the transmission and operates the gas and brake pedals. The vehicle speed must remain lower than 6 mph once the system is controlling the steering, otherwise it will deactivate the system
– Point out that a visual and/or audible driver interface advises you about the proximity of other cars, objects and people, and provides instructions
• Highlight that the steering is all done automatically, but the driver remains responsible for safe parking and can interrupt the system by grasping the steering wheel or pressing the activation button at any time

• Tell customers that Active Park Assist requires no special setup and reinforce the main benefit of the system: stress-free parallel parking with the touch of a button
• Make sure customers know that, to work properly, the front side looking sensors must be clear of snow, ice and significant levels of frost or mud
• Show the section of the Owner’s Guide and/or DVD (if equipped) that provides all the system information

Available on:
2013 Fusion
2013 Fusion Hybrid
2013 Taurus
2013 Flex
2013 Escape
2013 Explorer