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Old 09-07-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Park Assist, Any chance of wheel curbing?

It randomly came to mind for me to wonder when the car parks itself.
Is it possible that it would run into the curb and give your shiny wheels curb rash?
At the time I forgot there was camera to show you what was going on back there so I watched a few youtube videos

Most were done against a wall/bush or at a real curb
But I found one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3tkR6DtFw

This one was done a few feet away from the curb.
The car was able to park in between those cars.

This would work in the ideal way these cars were parked to demonstrate this.
What about in the real world where people are parked all crooked or distance challenged from the curb?

Any thoughts on this?


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Old 09-07-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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I've used mine about 10 times now and so far it's been 2 inches or so from the curb each time. I really didn't want the system at first, but I had to get it with the back up cam, but the thing really kicks ass and takes a lot of hassle out of driving and parking in a big city.
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Well you are in charge of the gas and brake pedals as well as the gearbox, so if you give it too much throttle you can override the system and end up curbing the wheels, but go slowly and smoothly and it likely isn't going to occur if the system is working properly.
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I initially had the same concern, but every time I've used it has been a good experience. I assume that if the computer figures that there is enough space then you should be good. I even had one spot that the car jammed into with mere inches on either end, and I still ended up 2-3" from the curb. It had do forward and reverse a couple times, but by following the screen prompts it ended up perfect.

I agree with Suss, if you don't try to rush the process then everything should be fine every time
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I haven't used it once. I got the package purely for the rearview camera and I'm fine paying for just that. I can parallel park much faster than the system can, so I'd rather just do it myself.
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I got it as a novelty, the camera came standard on my '13
At $395 it's a pretty cheap toy to be amused once in a while lol.
Just use it over 395 times and it'll be worth it. :)

I guess I'll have to try it a few times in my driveway to find test it and gain confidence in it
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You can sort of control it. The system tends to park very close to the curb. When you see the parking guidelines align with the curb, stop and shift to D. Don't wait until the system tells you to stop. This protects you from running into irregular curbs.
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I have used the Park Assist feature many times. I have had the car curb my tire (not the wheel) just BARELY once. I have never had a problem with a full height curb. It always parks 1-2 inches from the curb. The one time it rubbed (ever so slightly) was on a curb that was only 2 inches tall, and kind of rounded. I couldn't really get upset, since it just barely touched the curb and you could hardly see the mark.

TLDR; don't worry about it curbing your tires as long as you are parking next to a full-height curb. Also, the rubber sticks out past the metal!
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You can sort of control it. The system tends to park very close to the curb. When you see the parking guidelines align with the curb, stop and shift to D. Don't wait until the system tells you to stop. This protects you from running into irregular curbs.
Actually!
This reminds me, What about bendy road parallel parking? You know, parking on the curved spots?
I actually hate these so much.
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