Parking lots are a high-risk zone for crashes. Typically, there are multiple cars moving at the same time, it can be hard to see past or around some tall vehicles and, sadly, not everyone is paying close attention.
An extra set of eyes comes in handy. Or, in the case of several Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT vehicles, a set of vision and sensing technologies that help get you in and out of a parking space with no sweat. Along with the available ParkView rear backup camera, you’ll get a good view of what’s back there when it’s time to shift to reverse.
Here are three of the available detection systems and what they do:
- Rear Cross Path detection: At low speeds, warns drivers of approaching traffic from either side. Rear Cross Path detection automatically activates when the vehicle is shifted into reverse gear. Light-up icons in the sideview mirrors and an audio warning alert the driver to approaching vehicles.
- ParkSense Rear Park Assist Systems with Stop and Release: At low speeds and in reverse gear, ultrasonic sensors in the bumper detect stationary objects. If the system detects a collision is imminent, it sounds an audio warning and automatically triggers a brief brake pulse. At speeds less than 4.4 mph, the system will bring the vehicle to a full stop before releasing the brake.
- ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist: Ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers help determine if the space is large enough and guide the driver. The system automatically controls the steering angle while the driver maintains control of the brake, accelerator and gear position. The system is effective for parallel parking on either side of the vehicle. For perpendicular parking, the system guides the vehicle to back into the space.
These systems are no substitute for being aware of your surroundings and turning your head to make sure all is clear before backing up.
But a little extra help is all it takes to keep most of the stress out of parking.