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Electronic curb (kerb) sensor? Answered

My parents are getting older and having problems parking the car in the garage. Not with stopping, but in parking too close to the walls (several bumpers and side mirrors have been damaged). I remember curb feelers from days-of-old, but am wondering if there is an electronic version available? Thanks for any help.

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pcooper2
pcooper2

10 months ago

Front-end damage could be prevented by a parking bumper that would positively stop the front wheels of the car as it is driven into a garage. The bumper would need to be secured with bolts or steel rods driven into holes in the garage floor and would only work for a particular make and model of car. The bumper height would need to be chosen such that it is low enough that any air dam at the front of the car doesn't strike it, and most likely it would not be useful if mom or dad decided to back the car into the garage for a fast Batman-style getaway.

I have installed fluorescent-colored tennis ball targets for people, but they can be tricky to use. One would want to creep forward until the ball touches the windshield glass, but many newer passenger cars have a severe rake angle to the glass, so it is difficult to judge when the ball has been contacted, which can translate to a considerable range in horizontal travel of the car, perhaps enough for the front bumper to hit the wall in a small garage. This is problematic for older drivers whose eyesight and reaction time may not be as good as it once was.

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wobbler
wobbler

12 years ago

What about using one of those laser line makers. Fix it to the ceiling so it puts a line along the floor at right angles to the garage door above a particular line on the car (bonnet line?) so that the driver and position the car against it. Hope you can understand the logic. Or else a laser pointer mounted in the centre of the windscreen running off the car and then a target put at the wall off the garage to aim for? Alternatively, for a low tec idea, I used to have a tennis ball hanging down from the roof on cord so I knew where to stop. You could hang two down so they matched each side of the windscreen when the car was in the right place.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

12 years ago

hmm....maybe painting a line or something so that the tires could follow and belined up reasonably?