Park Distance Control keep families safe in the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks, VW Golf SportWagen on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 8:09 pm
How does Volkswagen Park Distance Control work?

How does Volkswagen Park Distance Control work?

Many people ignore available features unless they know exactly what they want. We don’t blame you. Coming in with the expectation of paying the base MSRP only to have a salesperson try to talk you into something you don’t want can be a bit like buying a basic electronic and hearing a whole speech on add-on items or replacement plans. Maybe those things would make you happier, but at the time all it does is make you feel uncomfortable. If you’re considering some add-ons before you go car shopping, it’s best to get the research out of the way so you can be prepared with a confident answer. Today we’re going to answer the question: How does Volkswagen Park Distance Control work? You can decide for yourself if this feature is a must for you.

One of the parking maneuvers we hate the most is parallel parking and if you’re driving something like the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, it can be even more difficult to see what you’re doing when you’re trying to back into a space. Park Distance Control provide eyes where you don’t have them, in the form of ultrasonic sensors that can be placed in the front or rear bumpers. When you drive in reverse gear or at a speed below 10mph (depending on if you have front and rear sensors) the sensors will automatically send out an ultrasonic signal. Basically it works like an echo, and if the echo is comes back too quickly it senses that you are getting too close. You’ll hear a beeping noise, with beeps getting closer together the more danger you are in of a collision.

Here’s a short commercial of how it works:


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Nevermind the driver sitting in the right seat, it works just the same in the U.S. as it does over in the U.K. We think this feature is a helpful one. One of the worst things is accidentally tapping something behind you. If it’s another vehicle, even chipping paint can make any day horrible, for you and other drivers. It’s also amazing for teaching new drivers. We find people respond more calmly to the gentle warning of the beeps than the panicked shouts of those in the passenger seat.

Now, if only we had sensors for other aspects of our lives. Not that everyone can take a hint:

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the Park Distance Control feature available for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. We’re always writing about innovative features and automotive news, so stay tuned here at our blog for more.