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I decided to use the parallel self parking yesterday for the first time. It scared the crap out of me, it is so fast! It comes up with the warning to be ready to break and I can see why. It whipped into the parking spot so fast I panicked and hit the breaks because I worried that it was going to impact with the car behind. I used it again and the same thing, I hit the breaks. It certainly does a great job getting into the spot! Has anyone just let it go all the way? I have a Tesla Model S and it is so much slower, that I find it too slow and just park it myself. With the rear view cameras on both vehicles making it a breeze to park it myself I hadn't tried the Volt's self parking feature before.
 

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I decided to use the parallel self parking yesterday for the first time. It scared the crap out of me, it is so fast! It comes up with the warning to be ready to break and I can see why. It whipped into the parking spot so fast I panicked and hit the breaks because I worried that it was going to impact with the car behind. I used it again and the same thing, I hit the breaks. It certainly does a great job getting into the spot! Has anyone just let it go all the way? I have a Tesla Model S and it is so much slower, that I find it too slow and just park it myself. With the rear view cameras on both vehicles making it a breeze to park it myself I hadn't tried the Volt's self parking feature before.
You should keep your foot lightly on the brake the whole time so that it doesn't move as fast. It won't stop itself...if you don't hit the brakes, it'll run into the car behind you (as far as I have heard; I don't have park assist on mine).
 

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You should keep your foot lightly on the brake the whole time so that it doesn't move as fast. It won't stop itself...if you don't hit the brakes, it'll run into the car behind you (as far as I have heard; I don't have park assist on mine).
That's correct and I've seen at least one other posting where someone hit the vehicle behind them because they didn't fully understand how it worked.
 

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It steers, you're still responsible for the speed. That said, I think it's a silly feature, it parks me crazy crooked in perpendicular spots, and only accepts parallel spots that are so large I can park much faster myself.

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Yeah, you're supposed to be controlling the speed with the brake pedal, making it safe.

Example here with brake being applied: https://youtu.be/PqIy_CDkAho

It steers, you're still responsible for the speed. That said, I think it's a silly feature, it parks me crazy crooked in perpendicular spots, and only accepts parallel spots that are so large I can park much faster myself.
Are you pressing AND HOLDING the park assist button for perpendicular?
 

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Yeah, you're supposed to be controlling the speed with the brake pedal, making it safe.

Example here with brake being applied: https://youtu.be/PqIy_CDkAho



Are you pressing AND HOLDING the park assist button for perpendicular?
Have not tried perpendicular parking at all yet. I did not realize that applying the brakes does not stop the whole process but just slows it down. This is the difficulty with having features like that on two different vehicles that work differently on each one. For the first half a dozen times I first drove the Volt I tried to put it in gear by turning on the windshield wipers.
 

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".. to be ready to break.." Break what? I hope you didn't break anything!
 

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Been afraid to even try this feature. But I am curious...will it back into a space...like my garage?
No. The Volt Automated Parking Assist will only help you to parallel park (curbside) or help you to park perpendicular between two parked cars. If the Volt cannot detect parking lines or a curb it will not be able to park.

I have only used the parallel parking assist once, it worked quite well. The one time I tried to use it to park in a perpendicular parking space between two vehicles it ended up skewed in the space, I could have done better without any assistance.
 

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I used it once as an experiment and found that it work well. You have the resist the urge to touch the steering wheel and just control it with the brake and go pedals.

It is very similar to my F150 that has this feature. The nice thing about the F150 is that it also has 360 camera view so you can see how the vehicle is situated front and side.
I find it very useful on my truck not too sure how much it will be used on the Volt.

I have yet to try perpendicular self parking. That may be nice given the restricted rearward view.

Parallel parking will be a lost art like folding road maps...lol
 

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The "bird's eye" view that the Bolt offers might come in handy to monitor how well the car is parking ! Wish the Volt offered that setup.
 

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The "bird's eye" view that the Bolt offers might come in handy to monitor how well the car is parking ! Wish the Volt offered that setup.
I don't believe you would be able to engage the 360 degree view while the automatic parking assist is in use. On the 2017 Bolt there does not appear to be an option on either the LT or Premier Bolt for Automated Parking Assist.
 

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I don't believe you would be able to engage the 360 degree view while the automatic parking assist is in use. On the 2017 Bolt there does not appear to be an option on either the LT or Premier Bolt for Automated Parking Assist.
That's too bad. But I would think "bird's eye view" could be very helpful in backing up into a tight fitting garage.
(even if you had to do the driving :).......
 

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It steers, you're still responsible for the speed. That said, I think it's a silly feature, it parks me crazy crooked in perpendicular spots, and only accepts parallel spots that are so large I can park much faster myself.

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Glad to hear someone has the same experience. I was wondering if it was working right, but it seems be just a sloppy implementation.
 

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Has worked well for me the few times I've used it. Your foot is already on the brake when you start. I don't just let it rip, you gotta feather the brake. For perpendicular parking it helps to be further away from the spot to ease the angle of approach.
 

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Has worked well for me the few times I've used it. Your foot is already on the brake when you start. I don't just let it rip, you gotta feather the brake. For perpendicular parking it helps to be further away from the spot to ease the angle of approach.
Yeah but if you are too far away it won't find the spot.
 

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As someone that crashed their car using the "Park Assist" -- yea, it's quick. Don't let up off the brake.

And don't call it "Self Park"

That's a feature BMW i3 has for example - when the vehicle controls both steering and the throttle.

The Volt assists you, by doing the wheel. I spent no kidding 40 minutes yesterday just parking with the assist over and over again in a parking lot. It's somewhat reliable.

I didn't take hard data, but of the 20+ times of parking, it didn't find spots ~6-8 times. Couple times it tried to park me in the driving lane (not a real spot).

Another time it tried to park me at an angle.

Another time it tried to park me perpendicular... to a perpendicular spot.

So my overall impression, it's okay, not great.
 

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I don't understand why Chevy cheaped out on not making this totally automatic like every other car I've seen in TV commercials. I've only experimented with it once in a parking lot and it worked OK (even left-side parking), but I don't expect ever to use it in traffic.

Oh, yeah - I wanted to record for posterity that yesterday was the first time since I bought my '17 in mid-July that I've seen another G2 on the road!
 
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