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Cars Volkswagen's parking tech takes on professional stunt driver

14:30  12 february  2020
14:30  12 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Park Assist technology uses ultrasonic sensors in the front The Park Assist technology was a perfect match for Professional Stunt Driver , Alastair Moffatt, and I’ve spent years mastering the art of parking but taking on Park Assist was still a real challenge because

Proof that the Crafter’ s Park Assist is a far smoother way to get into those tight spaces.

a person standing in front of a car: VW Crafter Park Assist v Stunt Driver © Motor1.com Copyright VW Crafter Park Assist v Stunt Driver

It's white van versus man.

Volkswagen has pitted the parking assistance equipment fitted to its Crafter van against the skills of a stunt driver in a new video.

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“ Professional stunt driver ” may be the greatest job title in history. I am not a Hollywood A-lister, but I’ve Here’ s a tip: whichever stunt driving school you choose to attend, make sure you take LOTS of Ideally, the parking lots you’re looking for are attached to businesses that are closed on Sundays.

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The Park Assist system was up against parking world record holder and professional stunt driver Alastair Moffatt in a battle to fit the 5.9-metre-long van into the 7.5-metre long space. However, Moffatt was given the somewhat more difficult task of parking the huge commercial vehicle with a handbrake turn.

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WIth the space marked out by cardboard boxes, Moffatt first let the van do the work, with the on-board ultrasonic sensors scanning the space to see whether it was big enough. After selecting reverse, the technology then put the van into the best starting position and steered automatically into the space. Moffatt, meanwhile, was reduced to controlling the accelerator, brake and clutch while the van steered itself.

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Stunt Driver is a polygonal racing game released for MS-DOS in 1990. It has a feature set similar to Brøderbund' s Stunts published the same year, including a track editor, and both games have much in common with Hard Drivin', the Atari Games 3D stunt driving simulator released in February 1989.

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Once the tech had proven its mettle, Moffatt took back manual control to slide the van into a space just a metre or so longer than its own body. Although his sideways antics proved successful, one attempt saw the turbulent air left in the wake of the skidding van dislodge the cardboard boxes marking out the space.

Sarah Cox, head of marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said the fitment of high-tech driver assistance kit such as Park Assist was part of the brand’s attempt to help VW van users successfully navigate vehicle ownership.

“Our Working With You brand promise is designed to help Volkswagen customers in all aspects of owning a van and part of that is offering class-leading technologies such as Park Assist,” she said. “We want to help our customers park their vans in the safest and most accurate way so that they can avoid parking fines and reduce stress. The Park Assist technology was a perfect match for professional stunt driver, Alastair Moffatt, and a slightly less hair-raising manoeuvre!”

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It’ s a driving feat that will impress anyone who has tried to negotiate tight inner-city parking spots. During this week’ s China Drift Championships, stunt driver Han Yue regained the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel park , squeezing a Mini hatchback into a space only 3.15 inches longer

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a police car parked in front of a building: VW Crafter Park Assist v Stunt Driver © Motor1.com UK VW Crafter Park Assist v Stunt Driver

Alastair Moffatt, who owns the world record for tightest single, double, triple and reverse parallel park, said the van’s handling characteristics helped him fit the vehicle into the tight space.

“I was really impressed with how nimble the Volkswagen Crafter proved to be,” he said. “Handbrake turning such a big vehicle isn’t always easy. I’ve spent years mastering the art of parking but taking on Park Assist was still a real challenge because it was 100 percent accurate every time. I really had to be on the top of my game to match it.”

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