How do Parking Sensors work?
With all of the outstanding safety features and technologies becoming available in vehicles across the market, we wanted to take a look at one that might often be overlooked. Accidents on the road happen all the time, and features like Blind Spot Monitor and automatic braking are helping to prevent those from happening.
But just as often, if not more so, people are ruining their car by backing up a little too far or inching forward just a bit too much. That’s where parking sensors come into play, the subject of this week’s How’s This Work. They won’t park the vehicle for you, but they will help you make sure you’re not going to hit anything.
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What is ParkAssist?
On Toyota vehicles, parking sensors come in the ParkAssist system. Depending on the vehicle in question, both the front and rear bumper will come equipped with either two or four ultrasonic parking sensors. The sensors are color matched, so you won’t even notice them unless you look closely enough.
The rear sensors will help you avoid collisions with objects that even your backup camera cannot pick up by emitting a beeping sound in the cabin. As you get closer to an object, the beeping will increase in frequency. Similarly, the sensors on the front will help you avoid running into things if you aren’t a very good judge of how long your front end is. So no longer will you accidentally pump the light post taking up the front corner of your parking spot, nor accidentally run into the curb stop in a single parking space.
If you have any other questions about how these parking sensors work, or which Toyota vehicles come equipped with the ParkAssist system, don’t hesitate to give us a call right here at the sales desk.