Yet another lazy-driver crutch – this time from Nissan

  • Autoparking Leaf for amateur drivers
  • Normally abled people should be more skilled
  • If you can’t park, how can you be a driver?
BEAUTIFUL CAR, EASY DRIVER: This is the latest Nissan Leaf electricar that can park itself. The Corner says users should be ashamed of their lack of driving skill. Image: Nissan Japan
BEAUTIFUL CAR, EASY DRIVER: This is the latest Nissan Leaf electricar that can park itself. The Corner says users should be ashamed of their lack of driving skill. Image: Nissan Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has announced that the upcoming Nissan Leaf will be the first vehicle in the automaker’s global product line-up to be equipped with ProPilot Park.

The tech helps drivers to park by automatically guiding their car into a parking spot and be available in various countries from September 1 2017. Ask your local South African dealer for more information.

Nissan says ProPilot Park liberates drivers “from one of the most tedious, and at times the most challenging, tasks of driving. It gives you confidence that you can park perfectly”.

WATCH THE Nissan Leaf do its parking thing

Carman’s Corner thinks there are two problems with those Nissan statements: the first, that if you’re a good and well-trained driver there should be no problem about parking – parallel to the kerb or perpendicular in, say, a high-rise car park.

Or anywhere else for that matter – a steep hill, for instance… and if you can drive properly it should not be tedious, but rather a cause for satisfaction when completed.

LAZY? OK, HERE GOES…

The second, that it show a lack of interest in honing driving skills: if a driver can’t be bother to be taught how to park, how can that driver be trusted with a car on a winding mountain road or on a high-speed autobahn? It also hints at laziness.

Anyway, here (for those who feel they need the assistance) is how it works…

Sonar reflectors and cameras on the Leaf guide the car into a parallel, angled, front or straight reverse-in parking spot, reducing driver stress by handling accelerator, braking and steering. The driver activates the technology in three easy steps, monitors the area around the vehicle, and applies brakes if necessary.

Then why become proficient at the whole job?

IT’S CALLED ‘INTELLIGENT MOBILITY’

“This technology,” Nissan told The Corner in a media release, “is another milestone in Nissan’s ongoing commitment to bringing accessible, advanced, driving assistance technology to mainstream vehicles.

“”The development of ProPilot is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.

In fact it isn’t, it’s a crutch for normally abled drivers too lazy to hone their own skills. And the same applies to other brands.

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