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I so need this on my car...

Living in London, I hope I'm a reasonable and careful driver. However, there's one thing I really really hate, after all these years as a driver. Even with power steering...

Parallel parking.

I live on a narrow street where most of the houses are flats (and we won't even mention the two month-old hole in the road just outside the house!) - and even with the high costs of parking, there are more cars on the street than there are spaces. Which means one thing - I have to parallel park pretty much every time, and make sure that I get the car close in to the curb. Keeping an eye on everything that's around me is a complicated thing...

...but now Nissan has solved the problem for me. Cameras all around the car are used to eliminate all the blind spots, and the resulting images are brought together and processed to form a overhead view of your car and surroundings. With it displayed using a monitor on your dashboard you can see in one place just how close you are to all the other cars around you...

Want now!

Hmm. I wonder if I could hack something together with the various old webcams in the house...



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Jun. 28th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
Seeing as we have more CCTVs per capita than any other country on this planet, pity you can have a system which taps into those nearest you and provides multi-angle views.
Jun. 28th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Also want now! I took my driving test before parallel parking was included; as a result I never learned how to reverse-park. I park in on-street spaces by going in forwards & then laboriously back-&-forthing until I feel I am parked appropriately. I'm pretty good at that now, but I know parallel parking is more eficient.
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
In theory reverse parking should be as simple an operation as pulling out is (it's the same path, after all). In practice I know no-one who can do it as smoothly as that. I do quite a bit of wrestling the power steering back and forth in my narrow street, even though I was trained to do it properly (I took my test after parallel parking started being tested; you were tested on two of parallel-parking, three-point-turn, and reverse-round-a-corner).
Jun. 28th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
Back in my day it was both the 3-point-turn (or, rather, 'a turn in the road using forward and reverse gears', it didn't have to be in 3) & reverse-round-a-corner. Oh, the joys of learning to creep backwards following the pavement at a snail's pace! Of course, once you've passed your test you learn to reverse straight up the middle of a side road at the speed of sound just like everyone else in the real world does...
Jun. 30th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
Hm. I was going to come in and be all sniffy and say, "Wouldn't it be cheaper to learn to drive properly?"

I passed my US (NY state) test when I was 16, first time I took it. Most people failed on parallel parking the first time, but my father used to take me out to empty shopping center parking lots early on Sunday morning and have me back, in succession, into each in a long row of parking spaces. I am very good at backing up.

I passed my UK test when I was 29 (1983), in Edinburgh. I think I had to do all three of those. Never saw the point of the reverse round a corner thing until I lived on this street, where it's actually useful.

But for anyone who has trouble backing up, I do recommend the parking lot thing. It also gives you some of the skills you need for parallel parking.

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