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The Chrysler Pacifica ParkSense Feature is being used in what looks to be a "testing area" in this video below. Has anyone tried it out yet ??

 

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Yes, we have used it and it works great. So far i've only been able to get it to work when perpendicular parking spots are on the right side, i've asked our salesperson if it works on the left side and am waiting for a response.
 

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I've used it in both parallel and perpendicular parking, and it's worked very well. I found that I need to use the brakes to slow things down, or it gets a little scary for me. I haven't had an occasion to try it with parking spots on the left.
 

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Yes, we have used it and it works great. So far i've only been able to get it to work when perpendicular parking spots are on the right side, i've asked our salesperson if it works on the left side and am waiting for a response.
That's really weird. I personally don't have much experience with this parking assist technology, or any for that matter, but I presume it's meant to work on both sides ?
 

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I've used it in both parallel and perpendicular parking, and it's worked very well. I found that I need to use the brakes to slow things down, or it gets a little scary for me. I haven't had an occasion to try it with parking spots on the left.
You can use the brakes to slow it down ?? I thought hitting the brakes would disable the feature ? Referencing cruise control applications
 

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Braking doesn't disable it, just makes things go at a more controlled pace.
 

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May be harder for the sensors to detect the dimensions of a left parking space since there's a greater distance between you and that space but I assume it should work, maybe pull in closer to the left in order to use the parksense feature.
 

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May be harder for the sensors to detect the dimensions of a left parking space since there's a greater distance between you and that space but I assume it should work, maybe pull in closer to the left in order to use the parksense feature.
Ah that is true.. hmm very interested to see what the dealer says about that though
 

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Just hit the brakes to stop the van. Then you can turn off the feature with the switch if necessary.
 

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Park Assist

I heard back from our dealership and he confirmed that the perpendicular park assist does not work on the left side.
 

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That's pretty unfortunate... I mean, it's not something I would depend on either way, but it would just be a lot more convenient if it works for both sides rather than just the passenger side.
 

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It makes sense that the park assist wouldn't work for the left side, unfortunate but understandable and it's easier to front into a left parking spot than one on the right and that's where the park assist comes in.
 

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The manual says Parallel and Perpendicular parking works on both the left and right sides.

The following paragraph is in both sections.

"When searching for a parking space, use the turn
signal indicator to select which side of the vehicle you
want to perform the parking maneuver.
The ParkSense
Active Park Assist system will automatically search for
a parking space on the passenger’s side of the vehicle
if the turn signal is not activated."

I haven't tried this yet on the left side.
 

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That's interesting, i'll have to try that out today. Also, a little disappointed that the dealer gave me different information.
 

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I tried it for the first time yesterday just to see how it works.

Obviously with it being my first/only time trying it, it felt a little cumbersome, but I am willing to bet it gets more fluent if you use it routinely and get the pattern down.

I am used to driving flatbed cranes, bucket trucks, etc. and grew-up using mirrors to park and backup, so of COURSE I view this feature as an unnecessary gimmick... but I totally realize that it very-well may be a VERY commonly used feature by others. :)

What I noticed in my one-and-only use... It did an amazing job perpendicular parking my Pacifica between two cars in this parking lot... but for better or for worse, it parked me PERFECTLY and EVENLY spaced between the two cars. The problem is, both flanking cars were parked crooked in their spots in the same direction... So now *MY* car was not "straight" in it's spot. Apparently the system favors positioning the car the best it can between objects, and ignores the painted lines.

I have yet to see if it even works at all if there are no cars (just painted lines)... or if there's only one car in one space and the other is empty. No idea. Hoping to test out the parallel parking some time.
 

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I nervously tried it yesterday to back in perpendicular park. It felt like magic! I can't wait to try parallel parking with it, since I am a bad parallel parker. I only did this once, so take my experience for what it's worth. It notified me that the spot had been "found" when I was about a car length past the spot. At first I thought that it wasn't sensing it correctly, but maybe that's just how it works. I know that in order to back in I would need to be that pulled forward for correct angling. So next time, I'll be more patient with the notification.

Once it sensed it, it gave clear directions for what I should do. I did need to apply gently brake pressure to control the speed.

I can tell that this will be one of my favorite features! However, if I was in a situation at the mall where parking is scarce at times, I could see where the person trolling for a spot right behind me would whip into the spot before I could back in. For the most part, people don't usually back in to perpendicular spots. Something to be aware of so that there is not an inadvertent collision of two cars trying to take the same spot. Although, I assume the Pacifica would break automatically (I have the full SafetyTec package). I guess I have some more practicing to do!
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I went to the dealer yesterday and it had the assisted parking. SO I spent about half an hour testing it. This was not a success...

First, I tried perpendicular parking. It did not sense most of the parking spots and when it did it started backing up and then stopped telling me it had failed. One time it tried to readjust thus making the rolling from D to R pretty tedious but after a while, it failed as well.

Before giving up, i tried parallel parking. It detected the spot and asked me to move even more forward then it lost the parking. I tried 3 times and on the third time, it when in the parking at an insane speed. I got scared and braked. Since the car had done a marvelous job to enter the spot albeit way too fast, I continued to follow the instructions that told me to go in drive. The active park assist smashed me in the parked car in front with all it had. It was not a disaster but the car now has a nice white line in front.

Active park assist crashing in an other car is fun when it's the dealer car but if it had been mine, I would have been mightily pissed.

I will by my pacifica soon and I am far from sure that I will use this feature.
 

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I I tried 3 times and on the third time, it when in the parking at an insane speed. I got scared and braked. Since the car had done a marvelous job to enter the spot albeit way too fast, I continued to follow the instructions that told me to go in drive. The active park assist smashed me in the parked car in front with all it had. It was not a disaster but the car now has a nice white line in front.
The car didn't choose the speed, you did. This is park ASSIST, not automatic parking. YOU have to control your speed with the brake and accelerator. The steering is all that is automatic. I strongly suggest that anyone planning to use this feature makes sure they fully understand how it works before using it.
 

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