VW Touran parallel parks itself

Automotive component maker Valeo built a new system called Park4U that lets the 2007 Volkswagen Touran parallel park by itself.

The Volkswagen Touran gets a self-parking system.
The Volkswagen Touran gets a self-parking system. Volkswagen

Some people see self-parking cars as a sign of the end. Others are just skeptical of this technology working at all. At CNET Car Tech, we've seen it working very well on the Lexus LS 460L . And the world didn't end when we tried out the system. Automotive component maker Valeo built a new system called Park4U that performs similarly to the Lexus. Park4U will see its first deployment in Volkwagen's Europe-only Touran minivan. Park4U relies on ultrasonic sensors to find a suitable parking spot and guide the car in without hitting anything. It turns the wheel, and the driver only has to control the brake.

Ultrasonic sensors find a parking space.
Ultrasonic sensors find a parking space. Valeo

Park4U displays a graphic in the car.
Park4U displays a graphic in the car. Valeo

Park4U will be available in the Volkswagen Touran by June 2007. According to press materials on Volkswagen's site, the Touran will also be one hot minivan, if that phrase isn't completely oxymoronic. The Touran Highline TSI comes with the DirectShift Gearbox, which we enjoyed immensely in the Audi A3 . The Touran's 1.4-liter found cylinder engine also uses a supercharger and turbocharger to even out boost between the low and high revs. We never thought we would crave a minivan, but the Touran's pushing all of our buttons.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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