The first major advances in vehicle steering automation available to consumers operates not on the highways, but in parking lot.
Toyota's automated parking system, available on the Lexus LS 600h, uses cameras and a touch-screen interface to let drivers choose a parking space. Once locked in, the system takes over steering to parallel park the vehicle or reverse into a perpendicular spot. The user retains full control of acceleration and braking during this process.
Although many people have complained about the touch-screen interface, which significantly raises the complexity level of a system meant to simplify parking, we found that this system worked as advertised.