Self-parking cars: how well do they work?

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- You might have seen ads for those so-called "self-parking cars".  But can a car really park itself? We put it to the test on Thursday's Good Morning Arizona.

Jim Prueter with Triple A demonstrated the technology on a 2014 Ford Escape. He says the assisted parking feature can be especially helpful for anyone who gets anxious about trying to park. "Parallel parking can just fray people's nerves," he says.

They key is letting the car do the work. All the action happens on a dashboard monitor. "Keep going until you see there's a stop sign on the monitor," he says. "Put the car in reverse. Don't touch the steering wheel. And watch your monitor."

The car eases itself into a spot, slowly but precisely. It's easy to use, and the technology won't break the bank.

"Ford has made this technology extremely affordable," Prueter says. "$395 to get it on most of the Ford cars." Some luxury cars also offer it.

"If parking is tough for you, this could be the answer for you," Prueter says.  "Because it really works extremely well."