Backing into the future
Systems like Park Assist mean no more painful parking scrapes
Flick on Park Assist while driving at up to 30 km/h and a distance of 0.5m to 1.5m from other parked cars. Ultrasonic sensor detects parking spaces and beeps an alert when a spot of parking size is detected. The reverse park starting position is communicated to the driver via the multi-functional display in the centre console. You then shift to reverse gear (the system works in manuals and automatics). The message “Steering control active! Watch your surroundings!” will appear on the display. You can take your hands off the wheel. The system steers the car, leaving you to accelerate and brake. Park Assist signals when you are 20cm from the car behind. You just have to stop. You’re not entirely in the hands of technology. Volkswagen cautions the driver is obliged to stay alert for pedestrians.