What is Parktronic?
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Parktronic is an auxiliary parking system, installed on cars optionally and used to help the driver park in an uncomfortable location.
Let's consider more in detail what is parktronic in a car, why it is needed and what happens.
Parktronic: the principle of operation
Parking radar consists of parkingsensors, a parking sensor and a distance indicator (beeper). Parking sensors emit waves that take back a signal reflected from obstacles. This measures the distance to the obstacle, and the result then appears on the display. There are parktronics, warning of obstacles with a beep signal.
Parking radars in Russia have gained fameunder the trademark "Parktronic" - this name has a parking system in the cars of Mercedes-Benz. This word turned out to be convenient for use, so it was used to refer to any parking radar. For other brands, in fact, different names are used: "Parking assistance" (Audi, BMW), "Parking pilot" (Opel), etc.
Types of parktronics and their differences
Parktronics differ in the following points:
- number of sensors (two to eight);
- way of notification about distance: sound, visual, voice and combined;
- the features of the distance indicators and the place where they should be installed.
The following sensors are distinguished by the installation method:
- Mortise - installed in pre-drilled holes;
- Overhead - they are glued to the rear bumper;
- hanging - they are placed on the bracket at the bottom of the rear bumper.
There are band-type parktronics: the sensors in them are replaced by a flat ribbon antenna.
The more parking sensors have radar sensors, the more expensive it is. The sensors are installed on the rear (rear parking sensors) and front bumpers (front parking sensors).
The two sensors of the cheapest parking radarare installed in the rear bumper of a small car, otherwise one sensor may not catch the signal. If the parking sensors have eight sensors, they are mounted on four pieces for the front and rear bumpers. If you press the brake, four front sensors are activated.