Ever since the first SKODA’s rolled off the assembly line, they have developed a reputation for being at the forefront of cutting edge technology. SKODA spends millions of dollars and thousands of man hours every year developing technology. The think-tank at SKODA believes that no stone should be left unturned when it comes to improving the cars.
One of SKODA's brilliant technological advances is the handsfree parking. Everybody knows that the least enjoyable part of driving is parking, particularly when you have to squeeze between two cars and there is no one around to guide you.
This technology is so advanced that you can park like an expert every time. This technology automatically selects an appropriate parking space in a row of parallelly or perpendicularly parked vehicles. For parallel parking, the space required is just 60 cm more than the car!
The auto park feature makes sure the driver can park the car without too much steering. All the driver has to do is operate the brake and shift the gears between forward and reverse and the car will steer itself into the parking spot!
The hardware for this feature includes 12 parking sensors, four in the front, four in the rear and one on each wheel arch. These sensors interpret the objects around the car and give the data to a control system that then decides if there is parking space available. The system is also smart enough to figure out if parallel or perpendicular parking is required.
To activate this very-useful feature, the driver has to stop near a parking spot and enable the Park Assist Feature and switch on the turn indicator towards the direction of the parking space. The car will then sense the available parking space and provide the steering and accelerator inputs - basically, it almost parks itself.
This feature detects the parking spot only in the forward mode. If you have gone ahead, you should backup. Also, it is important to note that when this feature is in use, the driver will have to apply the brakes.