The 2014.5 model year for the Range Rover will begin with December builds. We knew what was coming, the minor updates to various systems. Now we actually know how some of them will work.
As described in the official PR:
Planned for a mid-year introduction, the Range Rover will offer Enhanced Parking Aids to bolster the already-available Parallel Park feature. Parking Exit will be able to help the driver to automatically exit parallel parking spaces; Perpendicular Park can automatically position the vehicle centrally in parking spaces to maximize exiting room on both sides, 360-degree Park Distance Control will provide virtual object tracking along the sides of the vehicle at speeds of up to 10mph (16km/h).
New optional Lane Departure will use a forward-looking camera to monitor the vehicle’s position between lane markings. The Lane Departure Warning system provides haptic feedback through the steering wheel should the driver begin to move out of lane without using a turn signal. The same camera is used for the Traffic Sign Recognition system, which identifies speed limit signs and a variety of other warning and information signs.
We’ll focus on the two new Parking Aid items: Parking Exit and Perpendicular Park.
The thing I hadn’t realized was that Perpendicular parking would be for reversing into a space, in hindsight it makes sense and makes the feature more interesting. I also wondered how it would be activated, with two additional features, how would the controls change. Now we know:
The Park assist button can be used to scroll through the 3 Park assist features:
• A first press of the button turns the system on and selects Parallel parking.
• A second press of the button selects Perpendicular parking.
• A third press of the button selects Parking exit.
• A fourth press of the button turns the system off and will extinguish the LED.