The Park Assist can be activated by the driver via a switch on the central console. By activating the indicator stalk, he decides the side on which the stationary traffic is to be scanned. While driving by, (up to a speed of 40 km/h and a lateral distance of 0.5 to 1.5 metres), the sensor mechanism detects parking spaces that are large enough to park the car safely. These must be at least 1.1 metres longer than the total length of the car. Once a parking space is detected, a message appears on the multifunction display. Subsequently, the instruction is given to enter the starting position; this is necessary for the parking procedure.
The automatic steering control is activated by engaging reverse gear. The driver can take his/her hands off the wheel and only needs to accelerate and brake gently in which he/she is acoustically assisted by the ultrasonic parking aid. The car automatically parks in reverse, perfectly in line. Apart from that, any other parking manouevres necessary depend on the size of the parking space and are communicated to the driver via the display.
The driver can of course intervene at any time in the automatic parking process. The system parks automatically both in parallel parking as well as in parking bays. Unparking from parallel parking spaces is also possible.