Ford Poll Reveals Extent of Publics Parallel Parking Fears

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22nd June 2011 16:49 - Automotive

The results of a recent Europe-wide poll commissioned by the Ford Motor Company has shown that one in three people (32%) can’t parallel park at the first try, and the task also ranks high as one of life’s most stressful moments.

Further results of the poll demonstrated that Russian drivers rated themselves worst of all when it comes to multiple attempts parking, with 40% saying they needed more than one try compared to 39% of UK drivers and 26% of German motorists.

New drivers across Europe rated parallel parking in the same stress level as Christmas shopping and twice as stressful as a visit from the in-laws or motorway driving.

The poll was carried out by Ford to compliment the release of their Active Park Assist functionality, which is now available on their new Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models.

The system uses ten ultrasonic sensors mounted on the sides of the vehicle plus the front and rear bumpers. These act to scan for gaps between cars parked at the side of the road, alert the driver to a suitable space, and help glide the vehicle into the space with steering input. All the driver needs to worry about is retaining control of the accelerator and brakes plus select the first or reverse gear – thus removing the stress of parallel parking once and for all.

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