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Who Invented Parking Sensors

Updated on December 7, 2012

In our fast paced world, the necessities of car parking sensors are becoming more evident and needed. These little objects found most often on bumpers on our vehicles often warn us about an impending object about to collide with us as we are driving to our destinations, preparing to park .

Have you ever stopped to consider how helpful these tiny basically unseen little devices can be? If you have ever ran over your kid's bike or toy or your own tool kit, you would have wished for some device of this magnitude before the embarrassment and harassment you received for your misguided actions.

So let's look at how they work and then the decision will be yours as to whether you want them or need them. Basically they are proximity sensors giving off some tone or beep, to alert you before you make contact with some unseen object. The nearer you get to that object, the quicker the tone or beep should begin to happen to warn you of the impending danger.

These sensors can determine the ultra sonic wave as it travels back and forth and alerts you, your about to hit something with either bumper. If your backing into a parking spot, it gives advance notice how close you are to hitting another vehicle nearby. If your pulling in forwards, it can warn you of the impending curb, or again that very expensive unit directly in front of you, be it the wall of your garage, the unseen bumper or some protruding object that hasn't been put away.

These tones or beeps will become a lot more rapid the nearer you get to an unmarked object. Now, if your vehicle has an LCD or LED readout using both together visually will work well.

One thing to remember is that while your automobile may come with a visual signal of some kind also, while parking in cramped quarters the quickness of that tone or beep could save you some damage and some headaches. As you can't be constantly looking up and down and about in close quarters trying desperately to see around you 360 degrees, watching for readouts and pulsating beeps can become arduous at best.

There are however some drawbacks still found in these devices, a very flat protrusion or an extremely large one in a horizontal position like a telephone post for example might not be picked up by any sensors. Be careful when selecting any other sensors available for sale out there, other than dealer approved also as more and more of these sensors do not guarantee 100% results.


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    • Powerful Pierre profile image

      Powerful Pierre 4 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      Right you are Miller, something (sensors) that should have been on cars since 2000 at least when the technology was created.

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      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      Its great to have parking sensors installed because injuries and property damage will be reduced.

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      Powerful Pierre 6 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      Thank you Debbie we aim to please

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      debbiesdailyviews 6 years ago

      Hi Powerful--

      Thank you for writing this Hub. I have just bought a car with this devise fitted.

      And just yesterday, the sensor went off, when I didn't expect it to, as it was a familiar spot where I park daily.

      I got out of the car to double check, thinking there may have been something on the ground I hadn't noticed.

      The sensor had picked up a door, this door was nowhere where I was attempting to slot into.

      So baffled, I got back in, and just drove back egnoring the beebs.

      However, I wont egnore them anywhere else. With my luck the next sound I would hear would be a police car !

      Great Hub, and photo's