How does Volkswagen Park Assist Work?

Volkswagen Park Assist

If you’re like the vast majority of people, parallel parking probably isn’t your idea of a good time. Even many people who are otherwise excellent drivers struggle when it comes time to parallel park, so it’s definitely not something you need to be ashamed of. Furthermore, you’ll never have to struggle with parallel parking again when you choose a model equipped with Volkswagen’s intuitive Park Assist system. This semi-autonomous parking system takes all of the stress and guesswork out of parallel parking, and here’s how it works.

Judging the Size of the Parking Spot

One major problem many people have with parallel parking is trying to determine whether or not a parking spot is big enough for their car to fit. However, Volkswagen’s Park Assist system handles this for you automatically to ensure you’ll never again have to waste your time trying to park in too tight of a spot. After you’ve pressed the Park Assist button on your dashboard to activate the system, an array of ultrasonic sensors in the front bumper will then automatically scan to determine if your chosen spot is big enough.

Steering You Straight into the Spot

Park Assist is called a semi-autonomous parking system, as you will still be in control of shifting, accelerating and braking. In addition, you have complete control to instantly turn off the system by simply braking to a complete stop or grabbing ahold of the wheel. What the Park Assist system does is handle the job of turning you into the spot as you reverse.

After engaging the Park Assist system and then driving slightly past your chosen parking spot, you then need to bring the car to a full stop and put it into reverse. You will then see the vehicle’s intended reversal path on your screen. From there, all you’ll need to do is take your hands off the wheel and then gently press the gas to reverse back in the spot. That’s really all there is to it.

Say Goodbye to Parking Problems Forever

The Volkswagen Park Assist system comes standard on a number of models when you choose to upgrade to one of the higher trim packages. These models include popular favorites like the Volkswagen Jetta, Golf and Atlas as well as the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

In addition to Park Assist, you can also find a number of models that include the Volkswagen Park Pilot system. This system features sensors in both the front and rear bumpers to aid you when driving in to or reversing out of spots. The system uses audio signals to alert you to vehicles and other objects in front and behind your car, while the optical display makes it easy to see how much space you have and everything that is behind you. On some models like the Jetta and Golf, you can take advantage of both the Park Assist and Park Pilot systems, which should virtually guarantee you’ll never have to worry about having problems parking again.

There is no doubt that the Park Assist system offers huge benefits. This is especially true for those who live in a big city or anyone else who simply dreads the idea of having to parallel parking. Thanks to this intuitive system, you can quickly back straight into tight spots without having to spend an extra thought trying to determine whether your car will fit and without having to continuously pull backwards and forwards attempting to get it just right. Still, the only way to understand what a difference Park Assist can make in your life is to try it out yourself, which is why we’d like to invite you to come to Camelback Volkswagen to take any of our new Volkswagens with Park Assist for a test drive.

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