Drivers get a hand with the Mercedes-Benz Parking Assist feature

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology, Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 3:25 pm
Mercedes-Benz Active Parking Assist

Mercedes-Benz Active Parking Assist

For some drivers, parking is a breeze. Maneuvering your Mercedes-Benz into that open parking spot is like a knife cutting through butter. But for others parking can be nerve-wracking — wouldn’t want to scratch that perfect paint job! For difficult parking situations, drivers turn to the Active Parking Assist feature.

The Mercedes-Benz Active Parking Assist feature helps drivers size up parallel parking spaces as you drive by to help you find one that offers enough space for you to maneuver into them easily. It does so by using sensors in your front and rear bumper to determine if a spot can fit your car. Then it is able to expertly steer your car into the space, while you maintain control over its brakes and gear selection.

[Read more: Mercedes-Benz Tech]

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How to use the Active Parking Assist

Not only does Active Parking Assist help you find a suitable place to park, but it also helps with parking itself thanks to an automatic steering function.

Active Parking Assist is activated automatically when you drive forward at approximately 20 mph. Utrasonic  sensors measure potential parking spots for you. You’ll know the parking assist feature is active when the blue “P” icon appears on your trip computer.

When your vehicle detects an open spot, an arrow will appear on your dashboard on the side of your vehicle the spot is available on. From there, just engage the reverse gear of your vehicle once a space is found and press “OK” on your display.

The driver then has control over the acceleration and braking of the vehicle, however the parking assist system will control the steering of the vehicle automatically. The system will warn you visually and audibly if you get too close to another vehicle while backing, allowing you to adjust and move forward if necessary.

If you have any questions about the Mercedes-Benz Active Parking Assist feature, feel free to contact us online or comment below!

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6 Responses to “Drivers get a hand with the Mercedes-Benz Parking Assist feature”

  1. Kay says:

    “You’ll know it’s on when…” is super helpful and all, but HOW TO TURN IT ON would be whipped cream on the sundae. Some sites even say “park assist button” but Mercedes prefers buttons with indecipherable symbols so that’s no help at all. If anyone has this info it would be fabulous.

  2. Tobias says:

    Kay: what Mercedes are you driving, it’s dependend on the park assist generation your car has.
    Systems from the new E-class (2016) onwards have a park assist button. In older cars you just have to observe the small blue P in your instrument cluster. If there is an arrow to the right, stop your car, engage ‘R’, press enter and the system will start your parking maneuver.

  3. PMuluha says:

    Do all W204 have park assist?

  4. Anis Shamiyeh says:

    Two months ago I bought a new 2018 GLA. IT did not have the park assist feature. Now, l want to have this feature installed.
    Is if possible to install it now? Even with a after market feature.

  5. Olivia says:

    I can’t seem to get park assist to work. The ‘P’ sign shows but whenever in a car park it never has the arrow to the left or right indicating it has found a bay. I get it randomly when driving along a residential street (such as it selects a driveway). It even comes on in my car port sometimes and proceeds to reverse my car to the top of my driveway and stop. Do you know what would cause this? Thank you!

  6. J says:

    Clean all sensors carefully

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