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TFLCar took the time to show us how the MKC Park Assist system works. The technology will help you get out of a parking space too using cameras to get your car out of a tight spot. You can see it all in the video below. The one thing I'll say is that the beeping seems like it could get pretty annoying.

 

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Obviously you guys are pretty against parking assist. I think that of all the nanny systems that are out there, the parking assist is one of the one's that is the most useful. Its hard to see exactly how close you are to the car behind you when you are in a tight spot sometimes for anyone, even those who know how to drive. You guys telling people to learn how to drive is a pretty off the cuff remark that doesn't do very much to further the discussion.
 

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I enjoy the parking assist on my 2013 MKZ-H and will certainly enjoy it on my MKC when it arrives. I don't really need it since I have been parallel parking successfully for 40+ years, but I hurt my neck a while back and it really helps when you don't have complete mobility of your neck and shoulders to look around where you are.
 

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Obviously you guys are pretty against parking assist. I think that of all the nanny systems that are out there, the parking assist is one of the one's that is the most useful. Its hard to see exactly how close you are to the car behind you when you are in a tight spot sometimes for anyone, even those who know how to drive. You guys telling people to learn how to drive is a pretty off the cuff remark that doesn't do very much to further the discussion.
Isn't this what the rear view camera is for? I can get within an inch of the car behind with the camera.
 

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The point is if the beeping annoys you learn how to park without assistance. You're the one who's being annoyed, which means the annoyance is YOUR responsibility ;) So if the beeping will annoy you learn how to do it without the system, and if you can't then your not annoyed with the beeping you're annoyed with yourself because the system has to do it for you. What's off the cuff about that?

Getting offended does the same thing for discussion. This is my opinion, and my opinion is always right for me.
 

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Any tips from, actually, using park assist appreciated! Probably, won't be closing my eyes & hoping for the best . . On second thought, as scary as that looks, maybe so . . ;)
Anything sensors typically miss?
Don't parallel park, too, often, but would seem great just to have the addition of front sensors. . .
 

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Didn't know how much I'd use the Tech pkg, but very helpful even in just daily, basic use like forward parking . . Sensors great in a crowded parking garage, today, & everyday in my crowded garage.
Wanting to try out the park-out assist (parallel parking assist) and in trying to psych myself up came across the video below. Did nothing for my confidence level, but thought you might enjoy.



Ford Real World Challenges: Active Park Assist - YouTube
 

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Have self parking on my Focus; works like a charm and yes, gets way closer to the vehicle being parked behind than one feels comfortable with. Takes some getting used to. I have no issue parallel parking, but this does a much better job.

One thing to watch; a poster on the Focus forum clipped his car when the sensors didn't pick up the monster pickup he was parking behind. Not sure if it was the mirror or something else, like fender or bumper cover. So it's not infallible. Just grabbing and turning the wheel a bit or touching the brake deactivates it. Even though it's "smart" and automated, it's still your responsibility to monitor what's going on.
 

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I tried the parking assist in the MKC that I test drove. I usually only parallel park if I have ample room, and the spot I tested it on would have been a little too tight for my liking, but the assist worked like a charm. The park out assist was a little more unnerving. I kept thinking it was going to lurch out in traffic with cars whizzing by. It isn't going to go that extra step, but that's just the way it seemed.
 

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Gave it a shot, yesterday . . . Perfect, but if you think unnerving in a test MKC . . . Hard not to grab the wheel! ;)
Good thing MKC has the added "park-out" feature . . With the size of the space selected, I'm impressed you can get yourself out, JasDmw.
 

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Gave it a shot, yesterday . . . Perfect, but if you think unnerving in a test MKC . . . Hard not to grab the wheel! ;)
Good thing MKC has the added "park-out" feature . . With the size of the space selected, I'm impressed you can get yourself out, JasDmw.
Focus doesn't have park out feature, just gets you into a tight spot and you're on your own to get out. Hasn't been a problem, yet.
 
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