Toyota Intelligent Park Assist (IPA)

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How to use Toyota Intelligent Park Assist

Toyota’s Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA) system is designed to help drivers park by measuring open parking spaces and automatically steering the car into the parking spot. We’ll break down the steps outlined in an informational Toyota video to tell you how to use Toyota Intelligent Park Assist or “IPA”. IPA is available on select new 2016 models, including the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius.

Quick references:
Learn how to park @ 2:30
Learn how to backup @ 4:42

Toyota Intelligent Park Assist can park in these situations:

Parallel Parking
Exiting a Parallel Parking Spot
Backing into a Parking Spot

Toyota Intelligent Park Assist uses something called Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), helping drivers mitigate and sometimes prevent collisions.

IPA functions when your vehicle is in the “ready on” mode and traveling less than 19 miles per hour. The ICS system is used to find and measure up your desired parking space.

The vehicle will automatically control the steering wheel in some cases, but the driver is always in charge of controlling the vehicle’s speed.


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How will I know what to do when I’m in the car?

When the vehicle finds a suitable parking space, a message will display in the multi-information display (MID) telling you to stop the vehicle. You can view more information about the parking process at the 2:30 mark in the video above.

The multi-information display will display instructions for the driver. It instructs when to put the vehicle in DRIVE or REVERSE, and instructs when to park the vehicle.

Toyota park assistance feature

Backing into a Parking Spot with Toyota Intelligent Park Assist

Many folks find it difficult to back into parking spaces. Luckily, the 2016 Toyota Prius is available with technology to assist you while backing into a parking space. To learn how to backup park, skip to the 4:42 mark in the video above.