Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Does Ford Have the Next Great Invention Or the Next Terrible Idea? [POLL]

Automakers Debut New Models At The Los Angeles Auto Show
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
You’ve heard of cars that can parallel park themselves. Now Ford has unveiled a Ford Edge Concept car that can park itself at the mall. According to the Wall Street Journal, the system can locate a perpendicular parking space using ultrasonic sensors and then the car will park itself there perfectly. Here’s where it gets weird: Because the technology can be activated from outside the vehicle, you can exit the car before it begins to park itself. Why? Well you know how you sometimes find a space between two cars that are both too close to their lines and you could get the car in there but you’d never be able to swing the door open to get out? This allows you to get out first, hit a button, and the car can squeeze in to a space that tight.

Here’s the problem. If the car next to you doesn’t have the same technology in reverse, how is that driver ever going to get inside his car? If it’s too tight a park job for you to get your own doors open then surely he can’t get in his car either. Great for you. Terrible for him. Or maybe you figure that’s the price he pays for not parking better. All I know is I’m still looking forward to the day when a fully autonomous car will drop me off at the entrance to the mall and completely drive away and park on its own. Plus, I can text all I want on my way back home.

What do you think? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.