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'A CAR THAT REALLY PARKS ITSELF'

 
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Mr. Linsky
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:05 am    Post subject: 'A CAR THAT REALLY PARKS ITSELF' Reply with quote

The new Lincoln ads claim that their cars can virtually park themselves!

I don't exactly know what they mean by that, and unless I see one actually do it, I'm hard pressed to believe it!

However, I have found a couple of photos of a car that really does at least help itself to easy parking in tight spots;

Pictured is a 1951 Cadillac out of one of Southern California's many customizing houses with a 'fifth wheel'.

The wheel, complete with full size tire and proper hub cap, has been placed between the rear end and the fuel tank and, in some way, is lowered and raised much like airplane landing gear.

My questions are; is the turning of the tire powered independently by an electric motor or is it driven off the rear end some how?

There's also another consideration; it would occur to me that anyone sitting on a side of the rear seat might cause the car to tip making the 'parking wheel' useless.

Obviously, the method never caught on but it certainly is an interesting concept.

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Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, NY


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it would have also been fantastic if they could have put another or "sixth" tire in the front so that you'd slide right into the spot and therefore, not have to learn parallel parking for road tests Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 'A CAR THAT REALLY PARKS ITSELF' Reply with quote

Mr. Linsky wrote:
The new Lincoln ads claim that their cars can virtually park themselves!

I don't exactly know what they mean by that, and unless I see one actually do it, I'm hard pressed to believe it!


Lexus debuted a "self park" feature a few years ago that relies on a series of sensors and steerable rear wheels, and the Lincoln system operates a similar way. I have no idea how Cadillac's "fifth wheel" worked!
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