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Old 10-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Not on modern day cars

Has anyone ever seen this invention on a modern day car?

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Old 10-17-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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I've seen that video.. Isn't that the coolest !!! Thanks Wayne !!
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When I was in college I had a Renault Dauphine (OK stop snickering). One day I went to the curb where I parked my car and the cars on the front and rear were so close I could not get out of the space.

I called the police for assistance. An officer arrived, surveyed the situation, then said "do you think we can pick up the front of your car (it was rear engine)"? "Sure" I said, anxious to get on my way.

So that is what we did picked up the front and moved it far enough out so I could make my get away.
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Has anyone ever seen this invention on a modern day car?

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Yes i have, you can get this option on most Ford and Lincolns:

Ford's Self-Parking Car -- Is It Worth It? - YouTube
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Remember a few years back someone was trying that on trailers.
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Yes i have, you can get this option on most Ford and Lincolns:
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Yes, there are cars out there now that can park, but do they reverse that and get you out of a parking space?

And how come it took 50 years to get that feature?
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Yes, there are cars out there now that can park, but do they reverse that and get you out of a parking space?

And how come it took 50 years to get that feature?
The problem with the car from 50 years ago is that the equipment took up all of the trunk space in the car.

Why did it take 50 years? Because it took that long for computers to make it safe, cost efficient and reliable.
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Modern convenience requires trust. I remember my uncle had the first car I can recall that would turn off the headlights after a few minutes. You could park it and forget it.

"Wow, uncle Mil that is neat" I said. "Well actually not, I park in the garage (which was detached) and walk to the house but after about 15 minutes I can't stand it any more so I go out to look if the lights are off". He never got used to it so he just turned his lights off.

I guess the first time, or maybe every time, when surrounded by cars you try to let your car park itself it is a real test of nerves.

My car parks itself and my blood pressure is 200/110? I can hear it now.
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Off point but how about those early variable speed wipers. The faster you went the faster they went. We've come a long way and in some cases I'm glad they don't make things like they used to. YMMV.
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When I was in college I had a Renault Dauphine (OK stop snickering). One day I went to the curb where I parked my car and the cars on the front and rear were so close I could not get out of the space.

I called the police for assistance. An officer arrived, surveyed the situation, then said "do you think we can pick up the front of your car (it was rear engine)"? "Sure" I said, anxious to get on my way.

So that is what we did picked up the front and moved it far enough out so I could make my get away.
There was a kid in high school with a VW bug that a bunch of us would pick up and turn it around. He would come out to the parking lot and know something was different but never figured out we were doing it until we turned it sideways one day so he couldn't move it. We all had a laugh, including him then picked it up and turned it so he could leave.
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We pulled that prank too, parked a teacher's bug crosswise between the school and the shop. It just fit. He went postal when he found it.
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