If you fear parallel parking, you are in good company. Technology available in the 2010 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT can remove that anxiety by managing this challenging chore for you. Not only does Active Park Assist perform the difficult parallel parking maneuver; it will also help you find a parking space large enough for your vehicle to fit in.
Active Park Assist – How it Works
The push of a single button activates Active Park Assist, and the system begins scanning for an appropriate parking spot. When a suitable space is detected, an audible signal will sound and the cluster-mounted message center will display a space found notification.
Active Park Assist will coach the driver with a prompt when to stop, shift to Reverse and let the system take over. The system will not select an inappropriately sized space. It will calculate the appropriate trajectory, regardless of the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle parked in the space just ahead. All steering is performed by the system, so the driver only needs to brake and shift. Active Park Assist also properly positions your vehicle relative to the curb.
If the vehicle is not positioned properly in the space, the system will continue to coach the driver for proper placement. The driver will shift and brake normally, but the system steers the vehicle throughout the maneuver.
Active Park Assist is enabled by Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) which is standard on 2010 Ford and Lincoln vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoostTM V6.
Active Park Assist is optional on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6-equipped Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, on sale late this summer.
Watch this video for a demonstration.