I have to admit I was skeptical the first time I used Ford’s Active Park Assist. Press the button, drive past the space to “measure” it, then follow the directions on the display. You still control the gas, the brakes and the transmission, but Active Park Assist takes over the steering for you. Given the incredible number of bad-parallel-parking videos you can find on the internet, I’d say this is a much-needed feature. It’s been on luxury cars for a while now, but Ford is starting to trickle it down to more common vehicles, including the Taurus, the new Explorer and even the upcoming Focus.
I’m not sure I’d want to film a video with ambulance-chasing personal injury attorneys, but I’m sure Fords lawyers reviewed the ad before giving it a thumbs up. Besides, I’ll bet those guys were stunt doubles for any real personal injury attorneys, because actors earn a whole lot less than attorneys do.