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Old 01-31-2013, 02:52 PM
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Parking Assistant

Does anyone have Parking Assistant and if so, how well does it work? For those of us in the city, it seems like a useful option, but if it is slow or clunky, maybe not so much.
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It is really impressive. Check out this demo we did with the Turner Motorsport F30. -



For $500 I would get it just for the fun of watching the car park.
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That is really cool, but I can't remember the last time I've had to parallel park anywhere. I guess it's because of where I live, but even when I go in cities, I always park in the starndard parking spots where you just pull in and out.
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Interesting video and option. The car parks quite quickly compared to others I have seen. By the way tim330i, it looks like your demo F30 backed into the truck behind it when doing the demo. If it didn't the car almost did.
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Interesting video and option. The car parks quite quickly compared to others I have seen. By the way tim330i, it looks like your demo F30 backed into the truck behind it when doing the demo. If it didn't the car almost did.
The driver controls the brake/gas/clutch. The display just tells you what to do and controls the steering wheel so you can really park as fast as you feel comfortable. That is TMS's car and it was close to the truck but Jay was just following the on screen directions.

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:38 PM
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The driver controls the brake/gas/clutch. The display just tells you what to do and controls the steering wheel so you can really park as fast as you feel comfortable. That is TMS's car and it was close to the truck but Jay was just following the on screen directions.

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Does the system allow for parking in very tight spaces? Or does it just not activate unless there is a comfortable gap as in the video above?
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Requirements for measuring parking spaces
  • Maximum speed while driving forward approx: 22 mph/35 km/h.
  • Maximum distance to row of parked vehicles: 5 ft/1.5 m.

Suitable parking space
  • Gap between two objects with a minimum length of approx. 5 ft/1.5 m.
  • Minimum length: own vehicle length plus approx. 4 ft/1.2 m.
  • Minimum depth: approx. 5 ft/1.5 m.

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Requirements for measuring parking spaces
  • Maximum speed while driving forward approx: 22 mph/35 km/h.
  • Maximum distance to row of parked vehicles: 5 ft/1.5 m.

Suitable parking space
  • Gap between two objects with a minimum length of approx. 5 ft/1.5 m.
  • Minimum length: own vehicle length plus approx. 4 ft/1.2 m.
  • Minimum depth: approx. 5 ft/1.5 m.

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Thanks! Looks pretty good for tight spaces.
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Yeah, it works

I've gone from using the automatic parking as a novelty, to actually relying on it in some pretty tight parallel parking jobs! I'm actually a really good parallel parker (I live in LA and always have to parallel park at my friends' houses or condos!) and got the parking assist because the $500 seemed like a pittance compared to all of the other options. Now, like I said, I rely on it when spacing seems limited and it's found me some incredible spots.
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It is really impressive. Check out this demo we did with the Turner Motorsport F30. -



For $500 I would get it just for the fun of watching the car park.
Wow, that's pretty good. And it does it with a manual transmission too! I was told by some other car companies it was offered only on their automatic variants.

The car came too close to the truck though, I would've disregarded the car's advice and put the car in forward gear a little early. Now all they need to make a car that drives itself and the world will be perfect!

Thanks for posting the system requirements. So the car can fit into a space that is only 4 feet longer than the car itself, that's better than what I can do. I understand that it may require more than 4 feet if the car is a larger car, for instance a 7 series long wheelbase may require the space to be its length plus 5 feet rather than just 4 feet.

Definitely something I'd get on my future vehicle. Thanks for sharing this video!
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Hmmm. I'm not sure I would trust it all the time. I live in Chicago and I have PDA and that works great for me when parallel parking. Letting it drive itself in, though -- I don't know.

Doesn't matter, I didn't get it on my '13. Maybe when I get my '17 I'll look more closely at it.
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The cameras are nice but I'd leave the parking to the humans.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:30 PM
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The cameras are nice but I'd leave the parking to the humans.
Outside my favorite coffee shop there 3 kerbside parking spaces on a very sharp curve, I wonder if this system could handle that? It's quite good fun sitting having a coffee watching people try to reverse into these, half the time they try for a while then drive off!
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:38 PM
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Outside my favorite coffee shop there 3 kerbside parking spaces on a very sharp curve, I wonder if this system could handle that? It's quite good fun sitting having a coffee watching people try to reverse into these, half the time they try for a while then drive off!
Good question, take the dealer's F30 demonstrator for a test drive along your favorite route and find out. Just be really careful in case the computer isn't smart enough to handle it.

My guess is that the computer can only find parking spaces it knows it can get into. So my guess is that it won't even "find" the space.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:16 AM
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Hi, looked at the spec of my car sent over to me today.

Seems like I have this:
508 - Park Distance Control (PDC), front and rear

I thought I was only getting the rear park distance control. I'm getting a 330d, is the standard spec for this higher than the smaller engines? - Just to check, doesn't this involve the display on your screen (without cameras) and bleeping noise for distance control?

(I realise this is not parking assistant btw- just a quick Q because didn't think it was worth a new thread)

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