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Auto Parallel Parking feature working for anyone?

I didn't get my car to auto park yesterday after trying for quite some time with nice curbs and quite a lot of well spaced spots. I will try again today by pulling ahead even more than I did yesterday. While I applaud Tesla adding this feature I do have to say that it should NOT be this complicated to auto park a car.

Agreed. I would suggest Tesla show something on the IC (when going at the slow speed needed for autopark) that confirms if it sees an appropriate curb (or better yet, fix it <if possible> to work with more curb types>). I think that one item would be a fundamental improvement that would make using the system much more user friendly. Oh, and make the P stand out much more obvious, as it is really kind of annoying to be driving in a 'looking for parking' capacity AND be looking down at the IC all the time... these are situations where cars pull out or dogs/kids run out, eyes should be on the road as much as possible (heads up display is REALLY going to help Tesla out as they move further with autopilot, imo).

It already works at what I (for what it is worth) think is an appropriate lateral distance from the parked cars, so that should be straight forward.
Slow speed makes sense.
Oh look, a big P, I can park here!
K, having to know to put car in reverse isn't ideal, but it isn't horrible.
From there, the car does a good job, putting buttons and status front and center for the driver.
 
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Thank you very much for taking the time to do this. We have the type of curbs it should work on so I'll pull a little farther in front of the lead parked car and test it out. I saw on another post that the sensors needed calibration by driving around but it didn't make sense. I will let you know my results. Thanks again.

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Thank you! Looks like you're pulling much farther in front of the lead car than I thought was needed. I'll try again.

I hope the advice on this thread worked and that you were successful. It is pretty magical (if not nerve wracking worrying about curbing the wheels).

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Do you have a better suggestion?

Not really LOL. I haven't had much experience with other self park systems. Did an auto park in a ford once. If I recall correctly, there was no user intervention required, like Tesla, drive by the spot. I think the difference was each time it found a potential spot, the touchscreen gave you a button to press to start autopark (rather than putting it in reverse to start the process). I like that idea in concept, so long as the touchscreen doesn't keep popping up with 'do you want to park' when you DON'T want to park, as maybe you are just driving by parked cars at a slow speed. Not sure how to prevent 'false positive' prompts to park in that scenario (and I don't recall how Ford handled it).
 

msnow

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After playing with AP a bit yesterday (and nearly getting killed twice!), I would like to test out the auto-parallel park feature. But nobody is talking about this, and for the life of me I can't figure out how to make it work.

Anybody tried it? How did you activate it if so? Thanks!

I couldn't get it to work at all yesterday. This morning after reading some tips from users here on TMC I finally got it to work. The trick for me was pulling up even to or even slightly in front of the forward parked car. Also the little gray "P" on the dash isn't that easy to see.
 
I am curious as to the thoughts of others on the following: Curb type seems to be an issue... any chance the height of the car (for those with adjustable suspension) makes a difference? I just thought of this, haven't had a chance to try it. I doubt it would, as the between highest and lowest is pretty small, and in most situations, people's cars are likely already at Normal when trying to park, so minimal change. What say TMC?
 
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msnow

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I am curious as to the thoughts of others on the following: Curb type seems to be an issue... any chance the height of the car (for those with adjustable suspension) makes a difference? I just thought of this, haven't had a chance to try it. I doubt it would, as the between highest and lowest is pretty low, and in most situations, people's cars are likely already at Normal when trying to park, so minimal change. What say TMC?

My guess is that it's a specific right or left rear sensor or two that triggers it. Once those sensors see the parking spot from the right angle it can do its calculations which trigger the on screen message.
 
do you need to turn on a setting in controls for auto parking? i didnt see any.

No, there are no settings to turn autoparking on/off (although... i'm not sure if auto park works if the autopilot/autosteer settings that do have on/off toggles are set to off?). At low speed, it is always 'hunting' for a spot. If it finds one that qualifies, a P will show up on the IP. As noted up thread, the curb type tends to 'curb' the success rate of Autopark.
 
I tried it a bunch of times yesterday without success. Very frustrating. Then I watched the videos on this thread (the ones with screen shots inside the car) and saw where the P indicator shows up when the car is ready to auto park. It is near the car icon on the display just above the steering wheel. Look just to the right of the right rear quarter panel of the car icon. I finally found it. The P indicator is quite dim, at least to my eyes. I think it is entirely possible that it was working yesterday and I just didn't see the P indicator, partly because I didn't know where to look. Anyhow, it works like a charm now that I know what I am looking for.

I hope that helps.
 

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Finally got Auto Park to work! Could be sensors have to get "used" to surroundings. I drove around my neighborhood today with normal curbs and just could not get Auto Park to operate. Read this thread and drove to the front of my house...where it "failed" numerous times today by NEVER showing the Gray P. First time driving tonight, got the GRAY P and it worked!
Mistakes I may have made today for Auto Park to NOT work:
1. did not drive far enough past front car
2. drove too close to cars

Sensitive for me though. Gray P disappears VERY quickly and I was only going 3MPH. How it worked for me: Right when you see gray P, STOP. Put car in Reverse and keep foot on brake. THEN touch screen will show up and you select Blue START button on TouchScreen. GOOD luck to all!
 

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Can it parallel park on the left side of a one way street?

Why wouldn't it? That's the same as parking in UK and Australia.

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If calibration is the issue, then it makes more sense why a downloaded update would work differently than a car with the software/hardware built in. The "built in" solution would presumably have all the calibration handled before the consumer gets the car, while a downloaded update doesn't have that luxury.

I don't follow your logic. If they can just calibrate the software, then the downloaded would work as well as factory install. Or do you think they drive each car up and down Kato road before shipping them out. :)
 
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I just went on an after-dinner autoparking escapade. I think I tried over twenty spots on various streets, and got ONE of the attempts to work, using the tips from this thread. When it worked, it was super awesome!! But the other 19 times or so, it was pretty bad. It seems to like a very particular situation with the right curb appeal and surrounding cars. If it doesn't have it, it won't P.

In the one attempt where I got it to work, I was so excited I circled around the block to try it again. DAMNIT c'mon ... it wouldn't do it the second time in the exact same parking spot. Boooo. :(

- K
 
I just went on an after-dinner autoparking escapade. I think I tried over twenty spots on various streets, and got ONE of the attempts to work, using the tips from this thread. When it worked, it was super awesome!! But the other 19 times or so, it was pretty bad. It seems to like a very particular situation with the right curb appeal and surrounding cars. If it doesn't have it, it won't P.
I think AP is picky, she wants to park with handsome cars only. Someone who wouldn't hurt her. :tongue:
 

msnow

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I concur with Footbag. It is important to have a solid curb in order to get Autopark to work. I tried a few times without a solid curb and it would not engage. Here is my attempt at posting the interior video.


So I went out again after work and got it to work. I don't have a video, but the 2 'secrets' that I uncovered are: a) the "P" doesn't show up until I am further past the parking spot than i would think it should - so in other words, try pulling a bit further ahead. b) it seems to NOT WORK on low or rounded curbs. Most of the newer residential curbs are rounded (think the type that you can drive up for a garage). The auto park doesn't want to work on those.
To be clear, other than driving slowly, you don't need to do anything special... be a 'normal' (at least for me lol) distance away from the cars as you drive by them, the spot has to be appropriate... it seems to fit in somewhat tight spots... but that is relative again to my perspective. Drive past the space, and drive almost past the car in front of the space and if the curb is right, you should get the P in the console, put in reverse and the 17" will show a message to begin the parking process.

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In the pictures above, the left/first picture is a type of curb it won't work on. The right/second picture is a square curb it will work on, and that space is pretty similar to what you need to park the car. Hopefully someone will do up an instructional video, but in lieu of that, I hope this post helped someone get it to work.

I will mention that the 3 parking jobs it did, I intervened as I was concerned about it curbing the rear wheel. I may not of, but it looked close, so I err'd on the side of of caution and aborted the maneuver. Aside from that (or if I get comfortable that it won't curb the wheel), it works well and fairly quickly. I'm not a great parallel parker, but I have done very well with the S, and the car can do it just as fast as I can.

Thanks to your tips I finally got it work too. Much appreciated!
 
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