The Ford Everest is a self-parking midsize SUV

Neat trick or unnecessary?
by Drei Laurel | Jun 11, 2017

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Parking in city side streets can be a trivial affair, more so if you happen to drive a midsize SUV. They’re bigger and relatively more difficult to maneuver into parking slots than their sedan or city car counterparts.

With this in mind, Ford has equipped the all-new Everest with the tech to allow even the most inexperienced parkers to slide right into a troublesome parallel parking space. Similar to the Ford Focus’ perpendicular self-parking feature, the Everest’s Active Parking Assist function is enabled via the simple push of a button.

The Everest will proceed to scan for a viable parking space as you drive by. Once found, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the screen, take your hands off the wheel, operate the gas and brake pedals, and watch the magic happen.

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Frankly, we think drivers still ought to know how to park themselves. Now, whether or not you find the trick neat or completely unnecessary is entirely up to you. But in a world where cars are already driving themselves on the highway, is it really that big of a deal?

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