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Gadget Show Live 2013: The New VW Golf Park Assist Demo

Whilst at the gadget show live, we came across the Volkswagen stall which was showing off their new Golf. The stall was showing the brand new Golf, as well as the Golf GTi, which is the first one imported into the UK. Volkswagen also offered the chance for the general public to step inside the new Golf and test the brand new Park Assit.

We stepped up to the mark and decided to take the wheel. The driving experience in the Volkswagen Golf was excellent and we were keen to test the sensors, so we decided to give the hands free parking feature a test. At first the sensors took a while to pick up the parallel space that we were wanting to park in, so it took us a couple of times round the obstacle before the sensors picked up the space. Once the sensors had noticed the space, the car requested us to change gear, into reverse. Once the car was in reverse the only control  the driver has over the car is the clutch and braking, the steering was automatic based on the  predictions from the sensors. Once the car parks itself it will check its positioning, if however it is not satisfied with the positioning, the computer system will then alert the drive to place the car into a forward gear, after changing gear from reverse to first gear and releasing the clutch, the car then smoothly moves its way into an acceptable position. The most impressive thing about the sensors is the new feature known as ‘bay parking’ which sets it apart from similar cars of this type. The other cars that offer this feature only have the parallel park feature, whereas the new Golf has bay parking.

The bay parking feature is very similar, but it only allows you to park in car parks. This is a great new feature as it can park very precisely within a space quickly. The way the car picks up a space is exactly the same as the parallel parking but offers you the feature to park next to cars rather than in front and behind cars. The only downside we found is that the sensors rely on the cars around you being parked correctly and if not this can result in you parking over in to the next bay.

Overall,we were extremely impressed with the parking sensors and the automatic parking features with in the new VW Golf. Apart from the couple of the downsides, the car will have a very big featured selling point and has lots of further potential

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