Volkswagen Caddy is a small urban delivery van. But it’s getting some very advanced features that to be honest aren’t really necessary in a car of this class. That is Volkswagen’s way to give the car an edge over its rivals. The Caddy benefits from four-wheel drive and DSG, and now even Park Assist System for automatic parking. This feature makes the Caddy even more practical, especially for courier services.
This system basically renders the driver useless. All he or she has to do is press a button and flick the indicator lever to let the car now which side of the street they want to park. The car then uses ultrasonic sensors to determine if the car can be fitted in the available space. Then the driver sits there and control the gas and brake pedal as the car steers itself into the parking space. Acoustic signals as well as visual information in the multi-function display support the driver. It all looks very cool from the outside!
Park assist can be activated at speeds of up to 40 km/h, and it will reduce the vehicle speed to 7 km/h while parking. The system can also brake the vehicle should it detect an imminent collision.
Another feature of this system is an 360° optical parking system (OPS) assists in the parking procedure. The OPS shows the vehicle from above on the colour display of the relevant radio and radio navigation system. In this way, the driver can, using the yellow and red signals, easily determine whether the Caddy or Caddy Maxi is close to any obstacles at the front and rear of the vehicle.
The Park Assist is available as an optional extra for all versions of VW Caddy, priced at 719.95 Euro – including “ParkPilot” acoustic warning signals from the front and rear.