NEWS: Feature Flick: Ford's Escape Parks Itself to Music

September 17, 2012
2013 Ford Escape Active Park Assist Ballet 3
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face it: everything looks better when it's set to music. To that end, watching a 2013 Ford Escape park itself can't possibly look bad doing so set to the "Blue Danube." Witness, then, the waltz of the Escapes, courtesy of Ford Canada. There's not much to this one-minute video, other than seeing three 2013 Escapes parked equidistant from each other, and two more using their active park assist features to parallel park in sync. As you'd expect, the vehicles end up perfectly in position thanks to the Ford system's army of sensors and clever software programming. This isn't the first stunt Ford has done with active park assist, of course: it famously gave a Focus with the feature to the person deemed Paris' worst parker, after filming a cute pinball-style video of the man paralleling his small pickup truck. The Escape isn't the only vehicle capable of this style of automotive dance: Ford offers the feature on automatic-transmission Focuses, 2013 Fusions, Tauruses, Explorers, and Flexes. Lincoln offers the feature (or will soon offer it) on the MKS, MKT, MKX, and MKZ; and Mercedes-Benz offers the feature on its GL, GLK, ML, and SL-Class models. One thing of note: Lexus, who's brought the concept of active park assist to the United States with the 2007 LS460, drops the feature for 2013. The LS460's park assist moonshot was met with mixed reviews, and the take rate was reportedly low on the complicated and expensive feature. As it turns out, Lexus buyers prefer to park themselves. Source: YouTube Click here for video
2013 Ford Escape Active Park Assist Ballet

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