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Friday, August 25, 2006

Video: Self-Parking Lexus LS 460 L

Here's how it works.

1. You drive past a parking spot at 12 mph or less. The four rear and six front sonar sensors detect the cars, and the gap between them.

2. Putting the car into reverse activates the wide angle backup camera. There's a little button on the bottom of the screen that looks like a car parking. Hit it. If the spot is more than 6 and a half feet longer than the car itself, the car enters Advanced Parking Guidance System mode. This is where the magic happens.

3. Crawl backwards, keeping your foot on the brake. If you touch the gas, or the wheel, the mode shuts itself off. Make sure to stay under 2.5 mph, or it'll shut off, too. The wheel, as you can see from the video above, spins itself like its being ghost driven. The sonar system is constantly measuring distance, beeping with more urgency as you get closer to obstacles.

4. When you're in the spot, the computer will announce that parking is complete.


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