Active park assist

Active park assist is a driver’s aid that can help simplify parallel parking. When engaged, the system will start by helping you identify a suitable parking space. Once you shift into reverse, you need only take your hands off the wheel, and the system will steer your vehicle into the space while you retain control of the accelerator and brakes. This video will show you how to use this convenient feature.



This system is designed to be a parking aid. The system may not work in all conditions, and it cannot replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. The driver is responsible for avoiding hazards and maintaining a safe distance and speed, even when the system is in use.

Note: The driver is always responsible for controlling the vehicle, supervising the system and intervening if required. The sensors may not detect objects in heavy rain or other conditions that cause disruptive reflections. The sensors may not detect objects with surfaces that absorb ultrasonic waves.



When the system is activated, it will detect parallel parking spots that are large enough to fit your vehicle. When you shift into reverse, the vehicle will steer itself into the space. You will control the brakes, accelerator, and gearshift, but the wheel will move hands-free. The system will visually and audibly direct you into the space.


The system may not function correctly if an object passes between the front bumper and the parking space (for example, a pedestrian or a cyclist), or if the edge of the neighboring parked vehicle is very high off the ground (such as a bus, tow truck or flatbed truck).

Do Not Use the System If:

  • A foreign object (such as a bike rack or trailer) is attached to the front or rear of your vehicle or at another location close to the sensors.
  • An overhanging object (such as a surfboard) is attached to the roof.
  • The front bumper or side sensors are damaged or obstructed by a foreign object (such as a front bumper cover).
  • A mini-spare tire is in use.


Engaging the System

To activate the system, press the Active Park Assist button: Your screen will display a message and a corresponding graphic to indicate that it is searching for a parking space. Use your turn signal to tell the system whether you want to search for a parking space on the left or right. If you do not activate the turn signal, the system will automatically search on the passenger side.

Lincoln park assist activation graphic.

Finding a Spot

When the system finds a suitable space, a chime will sound and the screen will display a message notifying you that it has found a space and directing you to pull forward. Slow down and continue moving forward, but stop when you hear a second chime and the screen displays a message to stop the vehicle to park. From that point forward, follow the instructions on the screen.


You must make sure that your parking space remains clear of obstructions at all times during the parallel parking maneuver. The system may not detect street furniture, vehicles with overhanging loads (such as a bus or truck), and other objects.

Tips for Setup

While searching for a spot with the system engaged, align your vehicle so that it is as close to parallel as possible and within 5 ft. (1.5 m) of the parked vehicles. If you exceed 20 mph (35 km/h), the touchscreen will display an alert warning you to reduce your speed. If the system detects multiple parking spaces available, it will always offer you the last, most recently detected parking space.


Automatic Steering

After you stop the vehicle according to the on-screen instructions, the system will instruct you to shift into reverse (R). Once you shift into reverse, take your hands off the wheel and make sure that nothing will obstruct the wheel’s movement. As the vehicle backs up, you will control the gas and brakes, and your vehicle will steer itself. Progress will be indicated by tones and instructions on the screen as you move your vehicle back and forth into the space.


If your speed exceeds 6 mph (10 km/h), the system will switch off and you will need to take full control of your vehicle. If the parallel parking maneuver is interrupted for any other reason before completion, the system will switch off and you will have to take full control of your vehicle.

Lincoln park assist maneuver graphic.


Completing the Maneuver

When you determine that your vehicle has enough space in front and behind it, bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Likewise, when the system determines that there is enough space in front and behind your vehicle, it will emit a solid tone accompanied by a screen display message and a chime. This indicates that the maneuver is complete, automatic steering is finished and you should bring the vehicle to a stop. As the driver, you are responsible for double checking the system’s parking and making any necessary corrections before putting the transmission in park (P).

Deactivating the Park Assist Feature

Any of the following actions will manually deactivate the system whether or not you are finished parking:

  • Turning off the traction control system
  • Driving above approximately 50 mph (80 km/h) for 10 seconds during an active park search
  • Pressing the active park assist button again
  • Grabbing the steering wheel
  • Driving above 6 mph (10 km/h) during automatic steering

Certain vehicle conditions can also deactivate the system, such as:

  • Traction control activation on a slippery or loose surface
  • Anti-lock brake system activation or failure
  • Contact with the steering wheel from any object


Issue Potential Causes
The system does not look for a space The transmission may be in reverse (R). Your vehicle must be moving forward to detect a parking space.


Issue Potential Causes
The system does not offer a particular space An object may be contacting the front bumper or side sensors.
  There may not be enough room on both sides of your vehicle in order to park.
  There may not be enough space for the parking maneuver on the far side of the parking space.
  The vehicle may be farther than 5 ft. (1.5 m) from the parking space.
  Your vehicle may be closer than 16 in. (40 cm) to neighboring parked vehicles.
  The transmission may be in reverse (R). Your vehicle must be moving forward to detect a parking space.


Issue Potential Causes
The system does not position the vehicle properly Your vehicle may be rolling in the opposite direction of the transmission, for example, rolling forward when reverse (R) is selected.
  An irregular curb along the parking space may be preventing the system from aligning your vehicle properly.
  Vehicles or objects bordering the space may be positioned incorrectly.
  You may have pulled your vehicle too far past the parking space.
  The tires may not be installed or maintained correctly, resulting in incorrect inflation, improper sizes or different sizes.
  A repair or alternation to your vehicle may have affected the system’s detection capabilities.
  An adjacent parked vehicle may have a high attachment that interferes with the system, such as a salt sprayer, snowplow or truck bed.
  The position of parked objects and the size of the parking space may have changed after your vehicle passed.
  Rapid temperature changes around your vehicle may have interfered with the system, for example, from driving out of a car wash or from driving out of a heated garage and into the cold.