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‘There’s An App For That’… But Does Your Car Need It?

Cars are packed with the newest examples of the "cutting edge" -- but computers aren't always the answer.

by
Becky Graebner

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May 24, 2013 - 9:00 am
parallel-park

Give this person a medal–not a ticket.

1. Parallel Park-Assist

I understand that this feature is invaluable to a large swath of the population — and all the power to you. But just because many need it doesn’t necessarily mean it is good technology. You know what this feature really is? It’s a crutch for the drivers out there who cannot figure out the rhythm of backing AND turning the steering wheel. What happens when these parallel-park assist users get into a car that doesn’t have the feature? Emergency situations, you’re the designated driver, rentals? Do you freeze in fear like the automatic-only driver when faced with a stick-shift? NO! You should embrace the parallel spot and park that bad boy like nobody’s business — without the computer! And treat yourself afterwards — conquering “the parallel” is always a solid victory.

So, unless the world decides to completely banish parallel parking, drivers should know how to execute the famed maneuver… just in case.

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