Although there's a number of motorists who are fluent in the art of parking, there are others who struggle a little bit more. Car manufacturers have recognised this issue and very kindly made self-parking technology available in some of their models.
Below, we have highlighted five of the best vehicles currently available that offer self-parking technology.
How do self-parking cars work?
Essentially, self-parking cars have sensors and cameras dotted around the exterior of the vehicle, which can detect if a space is large enough to park in. The vehicle will then takeover and use those sensors to help guide you in safely and effectively while you oversee proceedings.
Ford Fiesta - Active Park Assist
The humble Fiesta has been Britain's best-selling car for some time now because it's a fantastic all-rounder that also happens to offer exceptional value for money. Ford as a manufacturer have an arsenal of resources supporting the development of their vehicles, so it should come as no surprise to learn that self-parking technology is available in the Fiesta, which is called 'Active Park Assist'.
Active Park Assist can get you parked up in spaces that are just 20% longer than the vehicle. The car will take care of the steering, all you need to do as the driver is operate the accelerator, gears, and brakes.
It is worth noting that this feature is an option on the Titanium, Titanium X, and Vignale Fiesta specifications. However, it is well worth the investment.
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Nissan LEAF - ProPilot Park
The all-electric LEAF was a revolutionary vehicle when it was introduced back in 2010, and Nissan have maintained their commitment towards a greener future by developing the LEAF into a more viable alternative to petrol/diesel powered cars. One of the desirable features Nissan have included is called 'ProPilot Park'.
ProPilot Park takes more control of the vehicle compared to the Fiesta mentioned above, because it doesn't require you to operate any additional controls. All you have to do is press the 'ProPILOT Park' button and then slowly approach the parking space you have your eyes on. Once you and the car have confirmed the space, you simply hold down the button and let the LEAF do the work for you.
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DS3 & DS7 CROSSBACK - DS Park Pilot
DS Automobiles are a French manufacturer offering luxurious vehicles that represent a genuine alternative to the more traditional premium vehicles on the market. Unsurprisingly, their two models come with their version of self-parking technology, called 'DS Park Pilot'.
The operation of DS Park Pilot is very similar to the Nissan LEAF, in that it requires minimal input from the driver to get parked up. All you have to do is one thing, and that's keep the button pressed while the vehicle does the rest. The on board system finds a suitable parking space by simply passing them at speeds of up to 18mph. Once the car has found one, it performs the manoeuvre.
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Vauxhall Astra - Advanced Park Assist
The Astra has been a consistent performer for Vauxhall, with millions having been sold since its birth at the end of the 1970s. And there is good reason for this, the Astra is a solid all-rounder that offers a generous level of equipment on all of its specifications. For example, opt for either an SRi or Elite Astra, then you will benefit from 'Advanced Park Assist'.
Vauxhall's self-parking technology helps to guide you from the start of the manoeuvre and throughout, with the sensors and cameras helping to place you in your chosen parking space with ease.
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Peugeot 3008 - Visio Park 2
SUVs are big business in the UK at the moment, which partly explains why the Peugeot 3008 has sold so well for the French car giants. The other reasons the 3008 has performed nicely is because of the luxurious design and affordable annual running costs. To benefit from Peugeot's 'Visio Park 2' technology, you will have to opt for the 'GT' version of the 3008. This is no bad thing though, because you also get other goodies, such as a FOCAL® HIFI speaker system, 19" 'Washington' alloy wheels, and Peugeot Open and Go.
Peugeot's 3008 is very clever because it uses the cameras dotted around the car to create a birds eye view of the vehicle, ensuring you get the best seat in the house as the 3008 works its magic and parks itself.
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It may seem strange to write an article that focuses on search a niche feature of a vehicle, but you'd be astounded how many people look for self-parking technology in their cars. After all, if you're reading this, then you're most likely one of them.
The great thing about the cars that feature throughout this article is that they are genuinely brilliant, meaning you don't have to compromise on the quality of the car to get access to a very desirable piece of technology.