Thursday, March 4, 2010

Active Park Assist only at Ford Dealers

Presenting active park asssit. This is a new, fabulous technology for those of us who may not have passed the parallel parking portion of our drivers test.
It makes parallel parking stress-free. With the simple press of a button, it will detect an available parallel parking space and automatically steer the vehicle into the space, without touching the steering wheel, while you control the accelerator, gearshift and brakes. You fell guilty like your cheating but it's sooooo cool. Active Park Assist uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and Electric Power-assist Steering (EPS) to identify and position the vehicle for parallel parking; calculates the optimal steering angle and quickly steers the vehicle into a parking spot, while providing very simple visual instructions and chimes (on the message center) that coach the driver during the entire parking maneuver. Only the message center isn't yelling and griping the seat making you nervous and stressed. Side looking sensors in the front bumper increase the ease, speed and accuracy of parking over competing, camera-reliant systems like that on Lexus/Toyota but better. It also measures and offers parking spaces; parks on grades; deactivates when a passenger door is opened and avoids opposite parked obstacles, while the Lexus/Toyota system cannot. Poor Lexus and Toyota. Active park assist is just simpler to use, parks in tighter spaces, closer to the curb, faster and more consistently than the Lexus/Toyota system with a more affordable. Let's hear it for the Big Blue Oval. Now I can finally feel confident parallel parking with my Dad in the car.

When you take a test-drive, you'll see how simply and intuitively the system operates. The vehicle must be driven at 18 mph or less and within 16 to 60 inches away from the parked vehicles to work correctly. Then you just activate the system by pressing the center console activation button that will prompt you of any feasible parallel-parking space on the active side. (Note: Each available parking space is scanned on both sides as you drive by them, but the system only offers those that are available on the active side of the vehicle. If the turn signal is not used, the active side defaults to the passenger side. Arrow symbols in the message center indicate which side is active. Remember to use your blinker. The system prompts you to accept the system’s assistance to park by following the simple instructions on the message center and hearing the chimes. Aren't chimes nice. No pressure no yelling just a nice cheerful chime. The steering system takes over and steers the car into the parking space hands-free. Reinforce that the driver still shifts the transmission and operates the gas and brake pedals. The vehicle speed must remain lower than 6 mph once the system is controlling the steering, otherwise it will deactivate the system. Slow down you speed demons, perfection takes time. The message center also offers a visual and audible driver interface advises you about the proximity of other cars, objects and people, and provides instructions
The steering is all done automatically, but the driver remains responsible for safe parking and can interrupt the system by grasping the steering wheel or pressing the activation button at any time. You're still responsible if you run over the neighbors cat so keep your eyes open.
Active Park Assist requires no special setup the main benefit of the system: stress-free parallel parking with the touch of a button. To work properly, the front side looking sensors must be clear of snow, ice and significant levels of frost or mud, so keep your car clean. The Active Park Assist feature is currently available on the:2010 Ford Flex, 2010 Ford Escape, and 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid. If you have additional questions feel free to contact Gresham Ford at 503-665-0101 or by email at or stop by the conrner of 242nd and Powell Blvd in Gresham. Remember Gresham Ford services Portland and surrounding areas in Oregon. Gresham Ford also serves Vancouver and Washington. However Gresham Ford is a Oregon Ford Dealer.