I am generally disposed towards finding a lot of the new ‘safety’ technology that is being built into cars unnecessary, particularly anything that automises the driving task and takes responsibility out of the hands of the driver.

With one exception: Automated parking.

Now, I need to clarify, because I don’t think all automated parking is necessary. There is a distinction between automated technologies that are useful, and those that are only there to serve the lazy and inept. For instance, automated parallel parking is just for people who can’t drive (although when it’s my car they are trying to parallel park in front of, I find myself less opposed to such a thing). 

But the kind of parking the E-class above demonstrates (at least at the guy’s house – there was less need for it in the parking garage) is useful, especially when you live in places where garages are by necessity very small. It means you can safely store your vehicle without having to climb out of the windows or dinging your doors trying to get out once it’s parked.

Additionally, as someone who enjoys bigger cars but finds himself married to someone who doesn’t, if automated parking meant my wife would be less opposed to driving something like an E-class, rock on.


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