How to Use Automatic Parking Assist Feature?


Automatic Parking Assist Feature

Before we get started on how to use automatic parking assist, first you will need to determine if your vehicle has this feature. Look for a button or switch labeled with an icon that looks like the letter “P” with arrows pointing to two squares.  Depending on your model of vehicle the location of the button or switch vary and sometimes may be located in the infotainment screen.

If your vehicle has the Automatic Parking Assist feature it can search for and steer your vehicle into a parallel or perpendicular parking space.  The system uses ultrasonic sensors located at the vehicle’s front, rear and sides to detect a parking spot and is designed to help you park alongside a detected vehicle or vehicles safely.  The driver selects either forward or reverse gears, removes their hands from the steering wheel as instructed by the vehicle’s infotainment screen, then it automatically steers your vehicle into a detected spot while moving at idle speed.

The driver must remain in the vehicle when this feature is active, and always be prepared to brake or take over steering as needed.

How to activate Automatic Parking Assist.

  1. To look for either a perpendicular or parallel space to park on the right side of the vehicle push the automatic parking assist button.  The system will then search for a parking space that is large enough.  If you’d like to use the system to find a space to park on the left side of the vehicle, use the left turn signal or select the left side from the infotainment screen.
  2. Once the system detects a large enough space to park, you will hear a beep.  After hearing this beep, follow the instructions on the infotainment screen telling you when to stop and shift into reverse.
  3. Your steering wheel may vibrate to let you know you can remove your hands from the wheel.
  4. During automatic parking the vehicle will move at idle speed and steer into the detected space.  Continue watching the instrument panel or infotainment screen for instructions on when to brake, shift gears, and remove your hands from the steering wheel.  If the system beeps, new instructions will appear on the infotainment screen.  There’s also a progress arrow displaying the status of the parking maneuver.  When it’s done, the automatic parking assist will beep and display a PARKING COMPLETE message.
  5. Apply the brakes, place the vehicle in park and you’re all done!

It’s important to note, you can take control and cancel the system at any point either by pressing the automatic parking assist button or taking control of the steering wheel.

Watch this video on how to use Automatic Parking Assist with Braking in the Buick Encore GX

Here are some important tips from GMC Canada

  • Remember, Automatic Parking Assist does not respond to changes in the parking space, such as the movement of a nearby vehicle or a person or object entering the parking space. Automatic Parking Assist does not detect or avoid traffic that is behind or next to your vehicle. Always be prepared to stop the vehicle during parking manoeuvres.
  • Always be prepared to shift gears, accelerate or brake, as needed.
  • The feature will remain active if you press the brake pedal, unless the brake pedal is pressed and held for an extended period of time.
  • You’ll still receive Parking Assist alerts and Safety Alert Seat pulses (if your vehicle is equipped with Safety Alert Seat) during the Automatic Parking Assist manoeuvre to keep you aware of detected objects around your vehicle.
  • Keep the Automatic Parking Assist sensors clean to ensure the system works effectively. There are 12 sensors located on the front and rear bumpers. For more information on the system’s sensors, see the Automatic Parking Assist Troubleshooting article.

Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. A driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read your Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me!

Easton Smith Sales & Lease Professional @ Davis GMC Buick, Lethbridge, Alberta


Phone: 403-329-4444