While I can parallel park with the best of 'em, sometimes I just don't feel like it. Unfortunately, I could park for myself and be halfway through a burger in the time it took to activate the the older parking assist system from Lexus.
Hopefully, this upcoming system from Ford/Lincoln will better suit my need for an electronic valet.
Standard on the Mazda Mazda6 at the Grand Touring trim level, Bluetooth hands-free calling is easier to set up and use now, thanks to onscreen controls that let users bypass the finicky voice command system. With many states passing hands-free calling laws, Bluetooth is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury.
Toss in Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming while you're at it. This way I can stream music from my smartphone for the ultimate no-wire, one-device setup.
Backup cameras make parallel and reverse parking a snap. More importantly, they increase the safety of a vehicle for both the driver and pedestrians, especially in vehicles with poor rearward visibility.
What I really like is how Nissan took the concept a step further with its Around-View Camera on the 2009 Infiniti FX50S and 2008 EX35 Journey crossovers. This system gives a bird's-eye view of the vehicle, ensuring that your shiny wheels and the curb shall never meet.
In the ultimate display of my ultimate laziness, I don't even want to take my keys out of my pocket to get into the car and drive. With RFID equipped smart keys, I don't have to.
We've seen this cool keyless entry and ignition systems on cars from Jaguar (such as the 2009 Jaguar XF), Mercedes-Benz, but even Mazda is starting to offer the system as standard on its top tier vehicles.