Some of the same sensors are used by the car in its self-parking mode. This allows the car to scan for a suitably sized space and maneuver into and out of the spot, without the driver needing to be in the car. Ford estimates that car widths have increased 16 per cent in the last decade and parking sizes haven't got any bigger, so it's touting the system as one answer to the door scraping that comes with tiny parking spaces.
Self-parking cars are nothing new. Volkswagen showed off a self-parking car in 1992, Toyota has its Intelligent Parking Assist System (IPAS) that comes with some Lexus and Prius models, and Audi and Volvo have also got similar systems. Ford hasn’t given a data for the release of its try in the area, but has promised some news by Christmas.
While the new Ford systems appear to work as specified Google must be rather amused by the hoopla with which the car manufacturer is making over the technology. When you've built a car that can actually drive itself without incident then parking and slow-speed object avoidance must look like a piffling production.