Yesterday I saw an amazing thing on tv: a Toyota Prius that was parking itself! The only thing the driver did was selecting the spot where he wanted to park the car (using the dashboard computer) and handle the brakes while parking. BMW is introducing the same techniques as you can see in the video above.The automatic parking system on the Toyota Prius is called Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA) and has been implemented since 2003. Unfortunately this version of the Prius was only sold in Japan where 80% of the buyers opted for a Prius with IPA. With the introduction of the 2006 Toyota Prius it also becomes possible to buy a Prius with IPA in other countries.

Here’s a short movie which shows a journalist parking the Prius while keeping his hands out of the window.


  1. is it just me, or is that car space they are parking into fucking huge for that car?

    now i want to see a video of them parking it in a REAL car space…

  2. Rooma, your comment, name, and url are great together. 🙂

    This is a pretty cool demonstration. Does anyone have a translation of what the man in the video is saying, or is it similar to what’s already said on this page?

  3. Getting out of a space is always much easier than getting in (to my immense frustration, since the mechanics are totally reversible), so no real need to automate it.

  4. To the question above about what the German speaker is saying in the video — essentially they just narrate over the video a simple description of what you are seeing, namely that the car has technology to park itself. No other details unfortunately.

  5. The license plate in the video is dutch. So I think that whatever is being said must be dutch altough due to the bad quality I can’t make it out either.
    Something along the lines of …
    “this is going smootly so”
    and on the end
    “both your hands apart now …”
    as I said doesn’t make much sense to me either.

  6. dumb just dumb so what the car moves 15 feet plus you are still braking then you have to pull forward and it was a huge space not worth a digg

  7. I think this invention should be appreciated for its “scientific” value. It is quite an accomplishment to have a car perform what we saw in the videos. Whether such invention improves or degrades the driver’s skills is subject to debate.