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Front Parking Sensors Freak Out Even in Reverse - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

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edited April 2015 in Porsche
imageFront Parking Sensors Freak Out Even in Reverse - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

Even when in reverse, the 2015 Porsche Macan's optional front parking sensors remain on. This can be confusing when in parking lots.

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  • rosmossrosmoss Posts: 9
    edited April 2015
    My BMW monitors the front when I'm in reverse. It makes sense as you could swing backward out of a spot and clip an adjacent car or a support column that moved into your intended path after you got into the car. The BMW system will tell you which sensor is picking up an obstacle and how close it is to that sensor. The front and rear sensors also have different tones so you can differentiate without the screen. Try it in your 3GT.

    Perhaps the wall was an equal distance from all the sensors in the front bumper?

    Thankfully BMW chose not to have the front sensors always on. It may work in some areas but in pedestrian heavy areas it's annoying. Does the Porsche do it this way?
  • legacygtlegacygt Posts: 599
    It's a matter of the situation. Clearly in this case the Macan was backing away from the wall so it would be nice if the sensors could discern that. But I understand why the front sensors remain active while in reverse. If you're parallel parking or otherwise reversing with the wheel turned hard left or right, the front end of the car can actually swing around and hit something.
  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Posts: 860
    All sensors should be on and its okay to show the red color, but NOT the beeping. I don't understand how we can have vehicles self-driving 99% across the country, but we can't get basic automated functions like this nailed down. It reminds me of the phone I had right before we got the first iPhone. It was the biggest $600 piece of junk you ever seen. Couldn't do ANYTHING (phone calls, texts, very simple emails, etc) competently. iOS pushed Android along and now we have amazing devices. Hope to see the same and we'll be laughing at these technologies 10 years from now (or figuring out how to disable them).
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