The BMW 7 Series will soon be able to park itself in the U.S.
The feature was shown off early last year before the new 7 Series was officially introduced, but due to the wording of federal law FMVSS 114, the German automaker declined to offer the feature here.
FMVSS 114 requires all vehicles sold in the U.S. to have a shift-interlock function that is intended to prevent vehicles from rolling away unexpectedly. The law requires a vehicle’s brake pedal to be depressed before its transmission can be shifted and since the brake pedal doesn’t move when the 7 Series self-parking feature is activated, BMW petitioned NHTSA for an exemption to the rule.
U.S. regulators agreed that the wording in FMVSS 114 was overly vague and told BMW that its system is legal since the car’s computers automatically apply the brakes before shifting the transmission from Park to Reverse.
The feature is called Park Assistant Plus and lets owners tell their vehicles to move in and out of a parking space using the key fob. A BMW spokesman confirmed to Automobile that the feature would be made available in the U.S. but said that the company doesn’t currently have an exact timeframe for when it will be fully approved and added.
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