Watch: Self-parking Car’s Silent Protest

Faraday Future is an L.A.-based tech startup focusing on intelligent electric vehicles, and here it is unveiling the FF91 sedan model (supposedly positioned to to compete with Tesla). When attempting to show off its automatic parking, it took a little bit of a stumble on stage. Or rather, did nothing at all.

Sure it might do 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds and is a STEAL with a sticker price of just under $300,000. But if it gets stage-fright and goes all limp-noodle when asked to flaunt it’s self-parking mode in front of a crowd of people, I say, “whats the point??”

To be fair, the reveal did include a successful driverless parking display of the FF91 in a different parking lot environment. The self-parking car feature of the new wave of driverless vehicles is one of the areas that needs the most attention, in our opinion, if it’s going to compete with the human element. It’s similar to This Audi self parking demonstration from way back in 2013. I just don’t know if I’m ready for a future where 50% of the cars in a garage are driving like a grandma balancing a hot bowl of soup.

Written by Peter V.
Peter is an L.A.-based designer, blogger and daily commuter. He explores what causes parking to suck in urban environments, how to bring about parking regulation changes, and the latest advancements in parking tech.