Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled a new passenger car it says marks a world's first in using sensors and automated steering to help even the
worst drivers ease into parking spots, according to the Associated Press.
The redesigned Prius, which was introduced to the Japanese market on Sept. 1, uses a monitor screen to scan the parking location and help guide the car into position, Toyota chief engineer Masao Inoue said.
"The car does all the steering, helping you park," Inoue said at the car's Tokyo debut. "This is a very convenient feature for use in curbside parking or when backing up into
Toyota said that the driver does not have to touch the steering wheel or push on the accelerator while the car is parking itself.
Toyota president Fujio Cho said the company hopes to sell 76,000 new Prius worldwide by the end of 2004, tapping a growing appetite for
environmentally friendly cars, according to AP.