Ford Explorer: Parking Aids / Active Park Assist (If Equipped)

Ford Explorer 2020-2024 Owners Manual / Parking Aids / Active Park Assist (If Equipped)

WARNING: You must remain in your vehicle when the system turns on. At all times, you are responsible for controlling your vehicle, supervising the system and intervening, if required. Failure to take care may result in the loss of control of your vehicle, serious personal injury or death.

WARNING: The sensors may not detect objects in heavy rain or other conditions that cause interference.

WARNING: You are responsible for controlling your vehicle at all times. The system is designed to be an aid and does not relieve you of your responsibility to drive with due care and attention. Failure to follow this instruction could result in the loss of control of your vehicle, personal injury or death.

The system assists parking into and out of parking spaces. Sensors are used to detect parking spaces. The system then steers, accelerates, brakes and shifts gear as required to maneuver into or out of a parking space.

Using Active Park Assist

The parking button is near the transmission selector on the center console.

Press the parking button to bring up full screen notifications. Press either the parking button or the soft keys on the display screen to switch between Parallel Park In, Perpendicular Park In or Parallel Park Out parking modes.

Driving into a Parking Space

  1. Press the active park assist button.

    Note: The system searches for parallel parking spaces on the passenger side. Press the active park assist button again to make the system search for perpendicular spaces.

  2. Use the direction indicator lever to search for a parking space on the driver or passenger side of your vehicle.
  3. Drive your vehicle approximately 3 ft (1 m) away from and parallel to the other parked vehicles when searching for a parking space.

    Note: A tone sounds and a message appears in the information display when active park assist finds a suitable parking space.

  4. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  5. Release the steering wheel and shift into neutral (N).
  6. Press and hold the active park assist button.
  7. Release the brake pedal to allow the vehicle to park.

Note: You can slow down your vehicle at any time by pressing the brake pedal.

Note: When parking is complete the vehicle shifts into park (P).

Leaving a Parking Space

The system assists leaving only parallel parking spaces.

  1. Press the active park assist button.
  2. Use the direction indicator lever to choose the direction to leave.
  3. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  4. Release the steering wheel and shift into neutral (N).
  5. Release the parking brake.
  6. Press and hold the active park assist button.
  7. Release the brake pedal to allow the vehicle to move.

Note: You can slow down your vehicle at any time by pressing the brake pedal.

Note: After the system drives your vehicle to a position where you can exit the parking space in a forward movement, a message appears instructing you to take full control of your vehicle.

Canceling Active Park Assist

To cancel parking assistance at any time, shift out of neutral (N).

Note: If you turn the steering wheel or open the driver door the parking assistance also cancels.

Pausing Active Park Assist

To pause parking assistance at any time, release the active park assist button.

The vehicle stops moving until you press and hold the active park assist button again.

Note: If you open the passenger or rear doors the parking assistance also pauses.

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