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Contractor Hoists Car from Parking Spot to Paint “No Parking” Yellow Lines


No Parking Double Yellow Lines

In America, we paint our curbs red or put up “No Parking” signs to indicate where you can and can’t park. Across the pond, Englanders paint double yellow lines close to the curb of a no parking zone.  So if you’re a contractor who has to paint those lines, what do you do if there is a car parked where you have to work?

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Parallel Parking Fail


And we thought this gal was bad

Parking Fail, Frustrated Samaritan Win


Who doesn’t enjoy a good fail these days, especially when followed by a solid win.

Ford Vehicles to Parallel Park Themselves, Driver’s Ed Students Rejoice


Ford Active Park Assist

Ford Active Park Assist

It all started with BMW, who developed the technology to have a car park itself in your garage. But that wasn’t practical enough for Toyota, who had been developing parallel parking technology. While it does “work”, many journalists have said the system is complicated to use and needs more refinement before being released to the world.

Most other auto manufacturers have been hush-hush about this technology, but Ford has decided to enter the ring with their own parallel parking system. and it looks like they’ve gotten it right. Despite the extremely larger area provided in this video, the system appears to be very simple to use.

When you’re ready to park, you hit the Park button on the center console and drive forward until you find a spot that looks like it’ll work. The parking system will ding if it thinks the spot is acceptable (cutoff is vehicle length + 20%). All you need to do then is pull forward until its happy, put the transmission into reverse and let the system take care of the rest. Pretty neat, huh? Hit the jump to see the vid.
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Ford Making Cars That Will Park Themselves


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen technology like this. BMW has the technology for their cars to pull forward into a garage after you get out of the vehicle and pull out the key. Toyota has a similar technology called Intelligent Park Assist, which lets their cars parallel park themselves into a parking space, although there have been some reports that this technology might need a little more fine tuning before it’s ready for the masses.

Ford has unveiled today their own parking assist technology which is similar to Toyota’s. The cool thing about it is that it will actually find (via sensors) a parking space before you can activate the system. It will be first rolled out in the Cadillac line of autos, but it should find it’s way to Ford and maybe Mercury, if that brand doesn’t hit the chopping block. Here’s a cool demo video from Ford.