Parking sensors have revolutionized the way many people approach parking. This includes parallel parking, as well as backing out of their driveways. The technology helps where many people generally have difficulty executing these aspects of driving. For some, it is not difficult so the concept of having one installed on their vehicle is not an option. Others will gladly tell you that it has helped them immensely as they have always had problems with parking. Installing parking sensors on their vehicle is the only option to solving this issue.
Choosing the right parking sensors for your vehicle means you have to be informed about the different types available. There are two types to choose from, and you may want to use Google as your guide to making an informed choice, or a reputable mechanic will be able to help.
Types of Parking Sensors Available
- Electromagnetic parking Sensors
- Ultrasonic Parking Sensors
Electromagnetic Parking Sensors
These parking sensors can be installed on the bumpers of vehicles, and works well even if tow bars or cycle racks are mounted to the vehicle. The DIY installation job for the parking sensor is easy and very tidy as there is no need for drilling the bumper. The signal of the Electromagnetic Parking Sensor emits a magnetic shield that surrounds the vehicle’s bumper when activated. It will make an audible sound to alert the driver of any obstacles that are near or entering the vehicles magnetic shield. Detection of objects is active only when the vehicle is moving and not in a stationary position. The cost of purchasing an Electromagnetic Parking Sensor to install on your vehicle is very expensive; however, if it is already installed to the vehicle on purchasing the cost is similar to an Ultrasonic Parking Sensor.
Ultrasonic Parking Sensor
This parking sensor, unlike the Electromagnetic Sensor, can detect obstacles even if the vehicle is stationary. The UPS is also designed to detect objects only at the back and front of the vehicle but not at the sides. They emit acoustic impulses or waves that can calculate or measure distances between the car and the object. It will give off a beeping sound when an object is near or far from it. The sounds the sensor makes will become louder and the beeping gets faster as the objects are closer to the car. The UPS is not able to detect small objects like posts or obstacles, which is lying lower than the bumper. Walls that are out of the peripheral scope of the sensor may not be detected either and you may easily damage your vehicle. It is advised to still use your rear-view mirrors as a visual aid in parking as well.
Installation of this type of device is not as easy as the above-mentioned sensor, as you need to drill the bumper for installation. If carefully done, you will be able to have a mounted device that will not look unsightly or noticeable, and at the same time be very functional. The cost of the Ultrasonic Parking Sensor is fairly affordable.