Are Americans control freaks when it comes to Autonomous Parking vs Unassisted Parking? It seems the numbers point in that direction. While most automakers are integrating self-parking capabilities into new vehicles more and more…a new survey from AAA tell us that almost 80 percent of American drivers say they are more confident in their own parallel parking skills that those built into newer driving machines. But AAA states in their latest survey tests that the machines outperformed people in four key areas when it comes to self-parking results.
Compared to drivers that manually parallel parked with the aid of a standard back-up camera, AAA found that autonomous or self-parking systems have:
- 81% Fewer Curb Strikes
- 47 % Fewer Total Maneuvers… with some systems completing the task in as little as one maneuver.
- Ability to park a vehicle 10 percent faster.
- Ability to park 37 percent closer to the curb.
“AAA’s testing found that self-parking technology outperformed manual parking in number of curb strikes, number of maneuvers, speed and accuracy,”. “While Americans report feeling confident in their parallel parking abilities, this technology proves there is room for improvement.” ~ Megan McKernan, Manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center
On the flipside…some self-parking systems parked vehicles far too close to the curb, leaving wheels and tires vulnerable to scratches and costly repairs.