BMW i3 Parks Itself As Driver Exits Through Window – Video


Time To Exit While The I3 Parks Itself

Time To Exit While The I3 Parks Itself

Here’s a rather amusing YouTube video in which we see the BMW i3’s self-parking assist system in action.

Romanian rally driver Vali Porcisteanu demonstrates the i3’s unique system by activating park assist, jamming the button (getting the button stuck in the down position) and exiting the vehicle through the window.

This is possible on the i3 because it does not require depressing the brake pedal for the self-parking system to function.  Most self-park systems do require at least a slight depressing of the brake pedal in order to function.

We don’t recommend that BMW i3 owners try this method of parking, but still it’s fun to watch.

Hat tip to Alan!

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And yes he is a romanian.

My sentiment exactly! Every time I get in a car, I can’t wait to get out.

I’m going to guess there are no sensors for an overhead obstruction (low hanging tree branch, etc).

Anybody know?


That was hilarious! But are there no side sensors in case a biker for example drove too close to the car or if a child were to accidentally run towards the car from a lawn on the right side? I noticed that the driver got out of the window next to the door, but the car did not brake. Hence, it did not notice a potential obstruction!? Scary…

Should have dropped him off at the pub first :O)

Guessing the door opening is a sensor to stop the process. After BMW sees this, they’ll have to make some change to have it require other verification.

Yes BMW will. We’re passing it along to BMW. The system does required the drivers seatbelt to be fastened, but apparently is not tied into the airbag sensor which would detect an occupant in the seat. So a passenger could engage this system with no driver present. NHTSA would never allow this.

No seat sensor?

Deadly. So much for BMW.

Do this on a street full of pedestrians on the sidwalk… except this time hop over to the passenger side.

Then watch the reactions.

I’m sure BMW finds this very amusing, and will work on new lockouts.

Yawn. Not exciting. This is the only way to park.

Full steering wheel turn on standstill, that’s a real tire killer.