Wed, 1 June 2011
This morning in Denver I recorded my thoughts about Active Park Assist, the most gee-whiz bit of tech on our 2012 Ford Focus. It really is amazing to see the wheel spin one way and the other, expertly guiding the car into a parallel parking space. But there turn out to be finer points to using this powerful tool, and I've made some rookie mistakes, none of them costly.
Click here for a video walk-through of Active Park Assist by Ali Jammoul, Ford's chassis chief engineer.
On the way home after the parking demo, the SYNC MyFord Touch system grabbed the touch screen for an apparent reset that I hadn't requested. I pulled over into a bank parking lot to record what happened next. Back home, I called the MyFord Touch call center at 888-270-1055 and was told that an update of the MFT software at the end of June might make these disconcerting episodes less frequent. I certainly hope so!