Car parallel parks ITSELF!

pdpfilms

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I saw the tv commercial for this the other day. It kind of sketches me out... I'm not sure I'd want to trust my car to stop when someone walks in front of it, to be able to see exactly where the curb is, to know exactly when not to turn... too many variables. Eeek.

Nevertheless, I still want to see it in action.

EDIT: Okay, i see you control when it stops and where. But still, this seems like a sketchnotronic system to me.
 

jsw

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I didn't realize that all it did was steer (impressive, but still...). You need to apply the gas and brakes. Meh. Too much work. I'll keep the chauffeur.
 

ITASOR

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Uh, this seems kind of dumb. When you pull into a parking lot and want to back into a spot. Who is going to get on the touch screen thing, bring up the back-in function, set all the parameters, etc. Everyone else waiting for you to park will get extremely pissed off!
 

gekko513

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Uh, this seems kind of dumb. When you pull into a parking lot and want to back into a spot. Who is going to get on the touch screen thing, bring up the back-in function, set all the parameters, etc. Everyone else waiting for you to park will get extremely pissed off!
I guess it depends on how many attempts that driver would need to park the car on his or her own.
 

iKwick7

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Am I the only one who thinks parallel parking is fun? It's like a little test to see how small of a space you can park in.

It also doesn't hurt that I drive a Prius. :)
 

bousozoku

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Am I the only one who thinks parallel parking is fun? It's like a little test to see how small of a space you can park in.

It also doesn't hurt that I drive a Prius. :)
I first learned to parallel park a 1970 Lincoln 4 door. Would you think that's fun to park?

so when this car runs over someone of hits a car who pays the bill? Lexus or your insurance? I saw an add on tv and wowed me.
It says in the small print that you're supposed to be taking care of the braking.
 

skoker

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I wonder how much more people will pay for this so called luxury:rolleyes:
$700 big ones, (if you already have all the needed equipment onboard already)

It says in the small print that you're supposed to be taking care of the braking.
Note: This car doesn't actually park itself, you must control all of the braking, acceleration, turning, pedestrian-crushing, and coffee-tipping-over manually.
 

Applejuice

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Thanks to GPS, people don't know basic directions. Thanks to this, some people will parallel park once (drivers test) and never do it again. Pretty soon cars will drive by itself and refuel/recharge itself. The joy of driving is dying.
We might as well all take mass transit.... which I am all for if So. Cals mass transit system didn't suck so bad.
 

mattniles007

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$700 big ones, (if you already have all the needed equipment onboard already)



Note: This car doesn't actually park itself, you must control all of the braking, acceleration, turning, pedestrian-crushing, and coffee-tipping-over manually.
700 Wow what a bargain I'll take two.
 

Abstract

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$700 big ones, (if you already have all the needed equipment onboard already)



Note: This car doesn't actually park itself, you must control all of the braking, acceleration, turning, pedestrian-crushing, and coffee-tipping-over manually.
Firstly, if you can afford the Lexus, $700 isn't considered "big" money. Secondly, the card turns itself. You just need to square off the car if you're not happy with the quality of the parking.
 

jsw

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Thanks to GPS, people don't know basic directions. Thanks to this, some people will parallel park once (drivers test) and never do it again. Pretty soon cars will drive by itself and refuel/recharge itself.
You say this like it's a bad thing. Maybe you're a fan of typewriters (or quills, or sticks and clay) and the like, but I think automation is a good thing. Just MHO, though.
 

nbs2

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I've seen it in live in action and test driven the LS460. It's a boat, but the parking system is pretty cool. When you get used to it (the dealerships actually had Lexus corporate come in for specialized training), it is pretty quick. I saw the guy actually go from start to park in about 15-20 sec...
 

AoWolf

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I seem to recall at least a year back a Car and Driver article on toyota prisus parking them selfs.


Edit: A quick google show that toyota prius has been parking it self's sense release in europe and japan for a mere $2k extra.
 

Apple Hobo

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Mar 19, 2004
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How long until a device is introduced that keeps the non-passing road hogs out of the passing lane?


The joy of driving is dying.
For me, something like GPS wouldn't ruin the joy; it's the idiots such as the above mentioned lane hogs who lack all sense of any road etiquette and the awful traffic everywhere that ruins the joy.
 

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