Ford wasn't the first to introduce the self-parking car, but it has the first system that actually works. Push a button and the car measures adjacent spaces as you drive past them. When it finds a spot, you shift into reverse and work the gas and the brake while the car steers itself into the spot. You wind up a few inches from the curb every time. Of course, I know how to parallel park for myself. I also know how to wash dishes, but I'd rather use a dishwasher. With the proliferation of electric-power steering and cheap electronic sensors, self-parking will only get more common. Ford offers it on cars as inexpensive as the Focus and the Escape, and Toyota now has a system on the Prius v. I'm pretty sure everyone else will figure it out soon.
Illustration by Larry Jost
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