LOL, parking sensors are certainly becoming more wisespread. I would certainly order them on a big car like a golf, and definitely a passat estate. What makes me laugh is, parking sensors on a Micra! Now why?
I've never had the parking sensors until this MK5 - in fact i used to think they were a bit "girlie" (excuse the generalisation), but as with most things - i have now found them invaluable.
Absolutely. All the 'I can park, sensors are for girls' arguments fall into the same camp as 'ABS and PAS are for wimps' IMO. Its bloody useful and if it helps avoid dings (particular on a lowered car with vulnerable valances) in very tight situations, then Im all for it. I am currently fitting a completely stealth system to mine (no visible sensors).
I've installed a Taurus kit. I was concerned it was cheap tat when I got it for Xmas but its actually pretty good. You wire the module into your reverse light, mount the little speaker and connect it to an antenna (a thin piece of sticky back foil that uses a magnetic field to detect obstacles) on the inside of your bumper, completely invisible. Its all done but for a lose connection I have - I just need to whip the bumper off and secure it, but just not had the time.
It seems to work suprisingly well - I was not expecting it to, manufacturers use round, visible sensors for a reason surely? BUT the entrance to my drive is very narrow (1 inch either side of my mirrors) and has brick gate posts, both of which it picked up as I reversed out. I will see how it goes over the next few weeks and get a feel for how accurate it is.
Brick and plastic bumpers of other cars should not emit a magnetc field!
Well as far as I am aware me legs don't emit magnetic fields either, but when testing it - i.e. by walking up to the bumper and back again - it picks me up from about 1.5 feet, and switches tones as I get closer. It also emitted the same warning the closer I got to the gateposts. From what I understand, it creates a magnetic field and monitors said field for intrusions - it doesn't detect other objects emiting magnetic fields.
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