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-----bit of a stretch posting this here but...

Ford Active Park Assist:

"Better-Than-Lexus" Push-Button Parallel Parking To Debut In Lincoln MKT, MKS
- Jalopnik
By Wes Siler, 12:00 AM on Tue Dec 30 2008, 1,070 views

"Ford's one-upping Lexus with an ultrasonic parallel-parking system it claims is easier to use, more versatile and requires less driver input than camera-based rivals. Amazingly, the whole Ford lineup may get it by 2012.

Available as an option on both the 2010 Lincoln MKS and the as-yet-unrevealed 2010 Lincoln MKT seven-seat crossover, Active Park Assist accompanies Ford’s new Electric Power Assisted Steering.

Ford explains its new headline technology best: "

Ford’s new ‘active park assist’ makes Parallel parking a Breeze for Lincoln MKT and MKS owners
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 30, 2008 – The often stressful and frustrating task of parallel parking soon will be as easy as pressing a button for owners of the Lincoln MKS flagship sedan and all-new Lincoln MKT seven-passenger luxury crossover, thanks to an exclusive new technology from Ford Motor Company called Active Park Assist.

Available in mid-2009 as an option on the 2010 Lincoln MKS sedan and new Lincoln MKT crossover, Active Park Assist uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) to position the vehicle for parallel parking, calculate the optimal steering angle and quickly steer the vehicle into a parking spot.

“With the touch of a button, Lincoln MKS and MKT drivers can parallel park quickly, easily and safely without ever touching the steering wheel,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Global Product Development. “This is another example of exclusive Ford smart technology, such as Ford SYNC, that makes the driving experience easier and more enjoyable for our customers.”

Active Park Assist system uses sensors on the front and rear of the vehicle to guide the vehicle into a parking space. The technology is a major leap forward in speed and ease of use compared with the camera-reliant systems offered by competitors, including a video camera-based system offered by Lexus. Ford’s system requires less driver interface and reduces the risk of selecting a parking spot that is too tight. Ford’s Active Park Assist also works in downhill parking situations, unlike competing systems.

Here’s how Active Park Assist works:

* The driver activates the system by pressing an instrument panel button, which activates the ultrasonic sensors to measure and identify a feasible parallel parking space.
* The system then prompts the driver to accept the system assistance to park.
* The steering system then takes over and steers the car into the parking space hands-free. The driver still shifts the transmission and operates the gas and brake pedals.
* A visual and/or audible driver interface advises the driver about the proximity of other cars, objects and people and provides instructions.
* While the steering is all done automatically, the driver remains responsible for safe parking and can interrupt the system by grasping the steering wheel.

Active Park Assist is enabled by Ford’s advanced EPAS technology. In addition to helping with parallel parking, EPAS improves fuel economy up to 5 percent, while reducing CO2 emissions and enhancing steering performance compared with traditional hydraulic powered-assisted steering systems. EPAS saves fuel primarily because the steering system is powered by an electric motor connected to vehicle’s battery, as opposed to engine-mounted hydraulic pump steering systems. By 2012, Ford plans to fit nearly 90 percent of the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lineup with EPAS.

“As we use advanced technology like Electric Power Assisted Steering to improve the fuel efficiency across our vehicle lineup, we have the opportunity to introduce new comfort and convenience innovations like Active Parking Assist,” said Ali Jammoul, Ford’s chief engineer for chassis engineering and steering systems. “This is technology not for the sake of technology, but technology designed to meet the needs and wants of customers.”

As Ford introduces EPAS in more vehicles, it will be able to offer Active Parking Assist in more models. In addition, Ford is working on using EPAS and other sensors for other smart technologies, including one that could prevent a vehicle from drifting out of lane on the highway.

Active Park Assist works in tandem with other new technologies that will be offered on the 2010 MKS and MKT and other Ford Motor Company vehicles, including Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) and Cross Traffic Alert. BLIS employs a sensor on the outboard rear quarter panel that monitors the traditional blind spot area, and can notify the driver with a warning indicator light in the corresponding side view mirror if the sensors in this optional system detect a vehicle in the blind spot. Cross Traffic Alert uses BLIS sensors to help detect cross traffic when backing out of a parking space.

More details about the new Lincoln MKT seven-passenger luxury crossover will be available when it debuts at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.​


New Lincolns will park themselves - DetNews
Engineer says sensor system beats the competitors' cameras.

Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ford's system, called Active Park Assist, would be the first such offering from a domestic manufacturer.

...Unlike the Lexus system, which uses cameras, the Lincoln system uses sensors mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle to guide it into a parking space. Ford claims its technology leapfrogs its competitors' because it does not require the driver to select the parking space manually.

...Ford's system eliminates several ... steps. When drivers wish to park, they simply push a button to activate the system and cruise the street until their car finds a suitable parking space. When it does, the system tells them to stop, asks them to confirm that they wish to park in that space and then uses the vehicle's electronic power steering to guide it in as they control the gas pedal and brakes.

It works on hills...

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Ford automates parallel parking for Lincoln MKS, MKT - Autoblog
by Sam Abuelsamid on Dec 30th 2008 at 12:01AM

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WOW! Ford's really got there game on. This is an excellent new feature, but in my opinion this should be a Mercury-Lincoln Exclusive only.

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This is great for Ford. They are upping the ante of Technology and holding back nothing. Unlike some companies I will not name.

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Ford Active Park Assist: "Better-Than-Lexus" VIDEO & LLNews

direct Link to "fordvideo1" (official) Active Park Assist Youtube video-demo

LeftlaneNews - Updated: Ford’s Active Park Assist for Lincoln (Now with video)

(Update: Video Added) Ford has announced that it will begin offering push-of-a-button parallel parking assistance on two Lincoln models later this year. The Ford system, which is similar to that offered by Lexus, uses ultrasonic parking assistance radar and electronic power steering to navigate a Lincoln MKS or MKT into a parking spot without any physical input from the driver...

just 'for grins', here's a video for that "other L brand"
thanks to _nsap_ for pointing out that
"The MKS in the video also has paddle shifters."
:) :)
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