What is the Volkswagen Park Pilot safety feature?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Model Information, Safety on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 8:44 pm
2020 Volkswagen Jetta white exterior front fascia driver side

If you are doing research for a new Volkswagen vehicle, you’ve probably noticed that several models come with a safety feature called Park Pilot. You might be wondering what this feature is and that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Keep reading to learn more about this safety feature and how it differs from Park Assist.

How does Park Pilot work?

Park Pilot, or Park Distance Control, is a safety feature designed to help make parking easier. Park Pilot will send out both visual and audible alerts when you are close to an object. The visual alert will appear on your Volkswagen’s touchscreen display. However, if you don’t like to look at the screen while parking, there is still the audible warning. There will be slow beeps when an object is far away, and when it is closer the beeps will speed up. Depending on which model you have, you can switch between Park Pilot and the Rearview Camera to help see more of your surroundings. How does this feature work? Park Pilot uses sensors hidden in the rear bumper, and in the front for certain models, to detect and warn you about objects or vehicles near your vehicle.

How is it different from Park Assist?

2020 VW Jetta interior view of steering wheel infotainment center and dashboard area

If you are unfamiliar with safety features, you may be thinking that Park Assist is the same thing. However, they are very different. How is Park Pilot different from Park Assist? Park Pilot is an assistance feature that warns you of nearby objects and Park Assist is a feature that guides you in parking. Park Pilot requires you to still control the steering, gears, accelerator and brake pedal yourself. Park Assist controls the steering while you control everything else.

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