Parking is perhaps the number 1 problem of driving. Automobile makers have taken note of the situation and now that the technology has caught up have moved to capitalize on the situation. The year 2018 saw many automakers investing in new technology like parking assists, proximity indicators, collision assist and more to aid drivers in the parking process.
Let’s take a look at some of the best self-parking cars of 2019.
20 2019 BMW 7 Series
The parking assistance in the 7 series determines if the parking spot you choose is good enough for the car to get into. If it is alright, then the car steers itself into the parking while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. There is also a remote control which can be used to bring the car straight out of the parking space.
19 2018 BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series, like the 7 Series can steer itself into tight parking spots while you control the accelerator and brake. The 3 Series does not have the remote control technology, given the comparatively cheaper price.
18 2019 BMW X5
Another BMW, the X5 is an SUV which can multi-task. Apart from conquering mountains and rough terrain, this SUV can also park itself when required. The X5 comes with the same parking package as in the 3 Series.
17 2018 Mercedes Benz E Class
The E class is a luxury sedan by Mercedes, which boasts of a self-parking assistance package. This package includes a parking spot locator and steering control while the accelerator and brake are manually controlled by the driver.
16 2019 Ford Escape
This American multi-utility vehicle comes with what Ford calls an Active Park Assist. The active park assist can spot a parking space and steer the car into it while you control the accelerator and brake. This auto steer works only in the reverse gear.
15 2018 Ford Focus
The Focus features the same Active Park Assist as in a Ford Escape. In addition to the park assist, the Focus also gets other safety features like lane-hold assist and blind spot monitoring.
14 2018 Volkswagen Golf Estate
Volkswagen is one of the reliable names in the auto world and the same shows with the Golf Estate’s excellent and reliable parallel parking assist system. It works the same way, to locate a spot and steer itself into it.
13 2018 Ford F-150
This all American pick-up truck is quite a presence on the road. And to help park this large vehicle, Ford provides hands-free parallel parking with a collision warning system and emergency self-braking.
12 2019 BMW 2 Series
The BMW 2 Series comes with parking assistance like in the 7 Series and the 3 Series. The additional feature in this 2 door sedan is the auto-braking technology. While parking, it senses if the car is too close to nearby objects and applies brakes automatically.
11 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS
The 2018 GLS features the same parking assistance programme as in the E Class. The auto parking is much needed in SUVs like this, owing to its large stance and more number of blind spots while reversing.
10 2019 Volkswagen GTi
The auto park programme in Volkswagen vehicles is one of the most reliable ones. The GTi in addition to steering assist comes with blind spot monitoring, collision warning and emergency braking to prevent mishaps while driving.
9 2018 Mercedes Benz S Class
The super luxury sedan by Mercedes comes loaded with assists to make sure the driver is also at ease and not only the person seated at the back. Parking assistance involves self-steering and collision braking. The S Class also comes loaded with other assists like lane hold system, blind spot monitors, driver drowsiness monitoring and more.
8 2018 Tesla Model 3
Model 3 by Tesla is an all-electric car. This model features an auto-pilot system which is a step towards self-driving cars. The auto park system included in Model 3 allows users to park and summon the car in and out of a parking space with the help of a smartphone app.
7 2019 Volvo XC-40
Volvo is one brand which is often overlooked due to the presence of its German competitors. But the XC-40 is one of the best entry-level luxury SUVs around and its Park Assist Pilot includes self-steering for parallel as well as perpendicular parking.
6 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
This electric crossover SUV comes with auto parking in the base variant itself. The I-Pace includes parallel and perpendicular steering assist with other technologies like lane assist, collision warning, emergency braking, all angle cameras and more.
5 2019 BMW 5 Series
The 5 Series, a mid-range luxury sedan from BMW, comes loaded with a plethora of features like parallel and perpendicular park assist, emergency braking, collision warning, lane hold and departure indicator, traffic alert and much more.
4 2019 Lincoln Navigator
This large sized SUV comes with self-steering for parallel and perpendicular parking. Additional safety features include collision warning, lane departure indicator, lane hold assist and pedestrian detectors.
3 2018 Tesla Model S
The Model S, another all-electric vehicle from Tesla, comes with all the features as in the Model 3. But the Model S gets additions in the form of Enhanced Autopilot, which gives more autonomy to the car while driving.
2 2018 Ford Expedition
This American family SUV from Ford comes with a lot of features to make parking easier. With parallel and perpendicular park assist, Expedition’s version of Ford’s Active Park Assist also includes park out assist and 360-degree side sensing technology.
1 2018 Audi A8
Considered one of the most high-tech cars in the world, this super luxury sedan from Audi comes with a plethora of assist features. The A8 comes with Remote Garage Pilot and Remote Parking Pilot which can park the car parallelly and perpendicularly with auto steering while also managing the accelerator and brake itself. Park out assist is also there which brings the car out of the parking on to the road. This is all done without the driver even being inside the car. All this is monitored with Audi’s smartphone app.
These are some of the cars which feature the best auto parking technologies as of now. Still, at this time, these features are considered an added luxury, which is why customers need to pay additional charges to get them installed. But it is only a matter of a few years before most of the cars start coming with features like these. The automated parking technology is a step towards a driverless future and is going to pave the way for fully automated cars.