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Auto-parallel park and curb extension

Discussion in 'Model S' started by bmah, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. bmah

    bmah Moderator, Model S/X, California Forums

    Mar 17, 2015
    Lafayette, CA, USA
    No complaints...this is a case where autopark worked in a situation where I would not have expected it to.

    Dropping my son off this morning in my S 85D, I was getting ready to (manually) parallel park in a space with a car in front of it and a curb extension (a.k.a. "bulbout") behind it. I pulled up adjacent to the car in front, and noticed the "P" icon on the IC. I was under the impression that there had to be another car behind the parking space for autopark to work. After a bit of consideration, I decided "what the heck, let's see what happens" and told the car to start an autopark. (With my eyes glued on the rear camera and foot hovering over the brake pedal.) I was pleasantly surprised to see the car back into the space, stop short of the bulbout, and then pull forward to line up with the car in front. Basically, it did exactly the right thing, but without a car to the rear (just the bulbout curb).

    I didn't think the parking sensors would be able to see the curb. There's a lightpole in the bulbout area but it's not especially close to the curb, not sure if that was significant. Anyway just an interesting (to me) observation that autopark could DTRT sensing a curb instead of car.

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  2. blc1017

    blc1017 Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Moraga, CA
    Thanks, Bruce, that is good information to have. This is what sold me on the newer models!
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