Mercedes-Benz car offers hands-free parking

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 23 2010 04:02 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2010 12:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists who get a headache from parallel parking will be delighted with a special feature included in the Mercedes-Benz B-Class B 160.

The B 160, which is regarded as a “compact car making a big impact” by its makers, boasts of the Active Parking Assist.

 

 

The handy tool maneuvers the vehicle for parallel parking, automatically steering the B-Class into parking spaces while the driver takes care of the gas and brakes.

Parallel parking, a method of parking a vehicle in line with other parked cars, is considered to be one of the hardest driving skills to learn as it requires the motorist to drive the car in reverse gear into the parking space.

But with the B 160’s special feature, the driver just has to slow his or her B-Class to below 30 kilometers per hour for the Active Parking Assist to show a “P” and an arrow in the instrument cluster display

These indicate that it has found a parking space. The space just has to be 1.2 meters longer than the vehicle.

If the driver changes to reserve gear and confirms the parking selection shown, the Active Parking Assist completes the necessary steering wheel movements on its own.

ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) anchor Tony Velasquez did a test drive on the B 160 for his show, “Future Perfect.”

“I’m actually entrusting the car to park itself,” Velasquez said while trying out the Active Parking Assist feature. “This actually takes some faith in the car not to hit the cars that are already parked.”

When the B 160’s steering wheel moved by itself, he remarked: “Wow! This is magic… uncanny.”

The B 160 is powered by a 1.5 liter engine that delivers 95 horsepower and a top speed of 168 kilometers per hour.

It is equipped with front and rear disc breaks, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and 6 airbags for safety. – With a report from ANC