December 09, 2011
Q. My wife and I are in our mid-70s. We are faced with replacing our existing car in the next year or two. One of us has problems parking and reversing.
Is it likely there may be an increasing number of vehicles coming on to the market in the near future that park themselves.
Do you think this facility will be available in cars in the less-than-$40,000 bracket?
A. The good news is there are already self-parking cars on the market for less than $40,000. Volkswagen (Golf, Tiguan) and Ford (Focus) both offer affordable cars with self-parking systems, which judge whether a space is big enough and steer the car in.
The systems aren't perfect, though (sometimes hitting a kerb or not taking account of smaller items, such as a pole sticking out the back of a ute), and can be slower than a person parking (by the time you engage the system and let it do its thing).
Regular parking sensors or a reversing camera (available on almost any new car) could provide the additional helping hand you need.