Many FCA US vehicles offer a set of vision and sensing technologies that help get you in and out of a parking space with no sweat 

Technology | October 24 2017

Watch your back with parking detection systems

Parking lots are a high-risk zone for crashes. Typically, there are multiple cars moving at the same time, it can be hard to see past or around some tall vehicles and, sadly, not everyone is paying close attention.

An extra set of eyes comes in handy. Or, in the case of several Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT vehicles, a set of vision and sensing technologies that help get you in and out of a parking space with no sweat. Along with the available ParkView rear backup camera, you’ll get a good view of what’s back there when it’s time to shift to reverse.

Here are three of the available detection systems and what they do:

  • Rear Cross Path detection: At low speeds, warns drivers of approaching traffic from either side. Rear Cross Path detection automatically activates when the vehicle is shifted into reverse gear. Light-up icons in the sideview mirrors and an audio warning alert the driver to approaching vehicles.
  • ParkSense Rear Park Assist Systems with Stop and Release: At low speeds and in reverse gear, ultrasonic sensors in the bumper detect stationary objects. If the system detects a collision is imminent, it sounds an audio warning and automatically triggers a brief brake pulse. At speeds less than 4.4 mph, the system will bring the vehicle to a full stop before releasing the brake.
  • ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist: Ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers help determine if the space is large enough and guide the driver. The system automatically controls the steering angle while the driver maintains control of the brake, accelerator and gear position. The system is effective for parallel parking on either side of the vehicle. For perpendicular parking, the system guides the vehicle to back into the space.

These systems are no substitute for being aware of your surroundings and turning your head to make sure all is clear before backing up.

But a little extra help is all it takes to keep most of the stress out of parking.

Dale Jewett

Do you know your blood type? Mine is 100 octane (not your standard blood bank classification). At any given moment, I’m thinking about cars – driving one, fixing one, buying one or (in my dreams) restoring one. So I love to tell stories that involve horsepower, brake and wheel diameters
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Do you know your blood type? Mine is 100 octane (not your standard blood bank classification). At any given moment, I’m thinking about cars – driving one, fixing one, buying one or (in my dreams) restoring one. So I love to tell stories that involve horsepower, brake and wheel diameters and 0-to-60 times – and the people who make it happen. Because behind every awesome vehicle are amazing people with vision and the desire to make it a reality. I cover Mopar, Dodge, SRT and motorsports for FCA Digital Media. I learned to drive on a 1973 Jeep CJ-5 with the rare Super Jeep option package and three-speed manual transmission. I still belong to the dwindling club of people who prefer to shift their own gears, and think the best way to drive is with the top down!