All 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedans are equipped with standard Automatic Parking Assist, making it first and only Chevrolet ever to offer the feature. The technology was first standard on all models of the Holden VF Commodore and was developed to address complaints that the large VE Commodore was hard to park and difficult to see out of.
“Even some of the most experienced drivers in the world loathe parallel parking,” Scott Hollopeter, vehicle dynamics engineer for the SS, said in a statement. “Automatic Parking Assist is designed to help alleviate that anxiety in situations where more experience is required to park a vehicle.”
Sensors on the front and rear bumpers detect the width and depth of parallel and reverse right angle parking spaces. The car then instructs the driver through the Driver Information Center to control the accelerator and brake while the Automatic Parking Assist controls the steering. The information gathered from the sensors is sent to the electric power steering, allowing it to manoeuver itself into place.
“Technologies that provide help in parking and even vehicles that can park themselves started, as most technologies do, on luxury cars but they have proliferated to more mainstream vehicles,” said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst for AutoTrader.com. “They have broad appeal from newly licensed young drivers to older drivers and are also are attractive to people who live in increasingly congested urban areas.”
Hollopeter demonstrates how the SS parallel parks itself in the video below. Chevrolet has not said if the feature will also be implemented on more of its vehicles in the future, although rival manufacturers, including Ford, have similar technology offered on a variety of models.