Here's how the Detroit News described the system:
Here’s how Ford’s Fully Assisted Parking Aid works: Ultrasonic sensors can detect an open parallel, diagonal or perpendicular parking space ahead while a vehicle is traveling up to 18 miles per hour, with enough lead time that the driver doesn't’t overshoot the space.
The driver can then brake, shift to neutral, and press and hold the Fully Assisted Parking Aid button in the car. At that point, parking-aid software will maneuver the vehicle into the parking space by taking control of the steering, forward and reverse motion, braking and guidance.
If the parking spot is really narrow — with little room to open the car door and exit — the driver can get out of the car and guide the whole parking process by remote control.
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and for those who fear the complete rise of the automatons, Ford's news release on the effort does offer some sense of keeping humans in control:
"Ford Powershift transmission is able to electronically control forward and reverse gear changes without physical driver input, while Active Park Assist can scan for appropriately-sized parking spaces and steer a car into that space.
Fully Assisted Parking Aid would detect a suitable parallel parking space using ultrasonic sensors. The driver would then activate the system by taking the car out of gear (putting it into neutral) and pushing a button either from inside the car or outside by remote control. The system would then take control of the steering, forward and reverse motion, braking and guidance to maneuver the vehicle into the space.
Fully Assisted Parking Aid would .....require the driver to retain pressure on the button for the duration of the maneuver, enabling them to cancel or override the system at any time.