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    Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    I don't remember the brand of car, and I don't know how the technology works, but there is a commercial running for a 'bird's-eye view' feature to aid in parallel parking. I'm guessing it's cameras which take images of the surroundings and a computer program creates the overhead image.

    Anyway, in the commercial, the driver prepares to park the car. His wife asks, "Are you sure you can fit in there?" The guy just smiles and a screen switches to the overhead view and he parks cleanly in the small space.

    That's all fine and dandy, but if you can't parallel park, or don't even know the basic techniques, you're not going to get the car in the space no matter what view you have. And if you know how to parallel park, you don't need that overhead view.

    A waste of money as far as I'm concerned.

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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    Quote Originally Posted by gsdx View Post
    . . . but if you can't parallel park, or don't even know the basic techniques, you're not going to get the car in the space no matter what view you have. And if you know how to parallel park, you don't need that overhead view.

    A waste of money as far as I'm concerned.

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    Agree. it's for people who otherwise worship Volvos.

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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    It's a gimmick. Gimmicks are important with selling products. Why else would iPhones be so popular?

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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    There are some rear-view camera (i haven't seen the bird eye thing in action?) which show you with some lines where you car is going. the lines react to your steering wheel movement. It is reaally easy to park with them, since you simply need to move the wheel until you see that the lines go past the other car. slowly drive back and when the "back" line of your car hits the sidewalk, you move the wheel until the back line is parallel with the street again.
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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    Agree. Half the stuff sold, and used in our modern world every day is a waste of money...

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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    Back up cams get around "blind spot" problems so are pretty damn useful. But you still gotta look outside. I just can't depend on a cam totally.
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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    I found the commercial:


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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    Meh, if you can't parallel park without help like that, you really ought not drive at all. Part of the fun of driving is the parking.


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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    My car has a back up camera that is really handy. It has the lines that show where the car is going to go as you turn the wheel. I've found that without the camera it is difficult to see where you are going in reverse. The old method of turning around just doesn't work with high back front seats and not being able to see the back of the car. The cam helps...
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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    I made this demo for my neice who was learning to parallel park. The game is Grand Theft Auto 4 (free mode)


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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    Well I have a backup beeping sensor on my F150. I had driven a variety of every size truck on earth before that and thought it was gimmicky crap like that which allows people who ought not be driving a huge truck to get behind the wheel.

    However, now after having owned the thing for seven years I must say i rather like the sensor. I imagine cameras would be the same. The man could obviously parallel park prior to the new feature but the cameras allow him to get that much closer to other vehicles quite confidently. Just spend an afternoon at a coffee shop that has view of the road and you can watch person after person parking who uses about two feet more space than they actually required...

    Similarly they have reverse cameras so you can align your trailer hitch with the hitch ball on your bumper. Now folks have been towing trailers around since they were pulled by horses but this new contraption allows you to align your pick up in one go or at a minimum without getting out of the truck multiple times to figure things out...

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    Re: Car gadget works only if you know how to do it

    I'm not sure technically what your supposed to do but when I reverse park I always crank my head round and look behind me as I reverse in. I do this as mirrors leave blind spots and other drivers are prone to pulling out or if a pedestrian does something stupid I want to see it straight away. I've noticed bad drivers tend to just rely on the mirrors and 'slowly' reverse in causing an annoyance to other drivers waiting endlessly for them to get the fuck on with it.

    Anyway my point is this, when reverse parking you need to do it quickly or some idiot will drive up right behind you and block you in, the amount of times i've cricked my neck really badly when I yank my head round is more than I care to think about. It also hurts after some gym sesions so i'm all up for this gizmo if it can do it quickly and effectively I don't see the problem. Some people will always be bad drivers no matter how much 'practice' they get, my mum still can't park to save her life after 40 years trying. Bad drivers will always be bad and good drivers won't become bad because of this.

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