Can someone tell me what "Rear Park Assist" does in the Premier model. Does the car just beep at you when you get to close to an object or does the car steer for you when you parallel park? Thanks
Not in America it isn't. Here it is standard on the Premier and not available on the LT no matter what package you order. A shame, I would get it.The Bird's eye view, is also available on the LT model as an option, right? The "Driver confidence Package" for 895$CAD?
It's easy, all a matter of strategy and understanding working off some basic fundamentals. Videos like this should help a lot:It's a really handy tool if drivers (namely me) can't parallel park to save their lives. It may not automatically park for you but it'll give you an idea of how far you are from the car behind. Maybe we'll get auto parking in the next Bolt, just need to borrow some tech from their autonomous Bolts.
I do not disagree with you, but these systems can be used to make sensible driving practices easier. The birds eye view shows the ground for a couple feet around the car. A driver can't see that space without this system. The wide angle view out the back shows more than a driver can see by turning and looking back. There is also the cross traffic alert which has audible and visual warnings of approaching vehicular and pedestrian traffic.These systems should be used as an adjunct, not a replacement, for sensible driving practices. In other words, knowing your car's outside dimensions, being able to use you rear and side view mirrors when manuevering in/out of parking spaces, actually looking where you are going...
That's why I'm thankful self-driving cars are on the way, drivers that typically don't want to put much thought into driving will be some of the first to get these, even if it takes some convincing.I agree that these are great features to have and I went out of my way to make sure I got a car that had them all.
However, too many people use these systems as a replacement. For example, they rely on the backup camera when backing out instead of using the rearview mirror, or turning their head, and then complain that the backup camera gives a distorted view out the back because it is pointed downwards. Well, duh! It's meant to let you see what is immediately behind you that your mirrors can't see. Like a bike, animal or a child.
I have blindzone monitoring on two of our cars, but will still do the head turn when changing lanes no matter which car I'm driving. I will still rely on my use of mirrors when backing up, but will use the camera systems to double check what I'm doing and verify that my internal personal spatial awareness system is still working properly.
I find the Bolt challenging to parallel park because the view out the back and out the passenger side is marginal due to the design of the body, which sweeps upward toward the back. Much harder to park than my 2003 Jetta. So I do use the birds-eye view to determine if the Bolt is parallel to the curb and close enough. When backing out in a parking lot, I try to look straight out the back window, because looking at the camera view is not very reassuring. The warning of cross traffic when backing up is very useful since the view out the back is so limited.Self driving cars are on the way, but who knows how long before they're made commercially available and they will cost a lot. For now, people just need to brush up on their basic skills like rear parking and blind spot checking. Unfortunately, the latter seems to be going out of style these days and inattentive drivers are everywhere.
You can always try practicing with soft objects that won't do damage to your Bolt so that way you get a feel for where the Bolt is when your eyes no longer have the advantage. I have learned to drive a lot of poor visibility vehicles like that. Used to be a valetI find the Bolt challenging to parallel park because the view out the back and out the passenger side is marginal due to the design of the body, which sweeps upward toward the back. Much harder to park than my 2003 Jetta. So I do use the birds-eye view to determine if the Bolt is parallel to the curb and close enough. When backing out in a parking lot, I try to look straight out the back window, because looking at the camera view is not very reassuring. The warning of cross traffic when backing up is very useful since the view out the back is so limited.