TodayApril 16, 2022

Bosch park assist and Ron Fancsal from Airport high school on Driving the Nation

Ron Fancsal is a student at Airport high school. Fancsal, like many other 17 year olds, doesn’t like to parallel park. Fancsal worked with Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, and Fred from Bosch to parallel park manually, and then park with park assist from Bosch.

In 2006 Bosch brought parking space measurement system to the market. That technology allows a car to measure between parked cars to find a space their car could be parked in. Fancsal used that system, drove past the spot, then activated parking assist. The bumpers have sensors in them that guides the car into the parking spot. Fancsal still had to brake the car so that it didn’t hit one of the cars in front or back of the car he was parking, but the steering was done by the car. The hardest part for Fancsal was letting the car steer, while all he had to do was brake and accelerate. But after one time letting automation take over Fancsal was sold on the technology.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.