This is our most recent gag cartoon for the humor column by Buster McNutt in AutoGraphic's Automotive Report publications. Here's an excerpt:
It was only a matter of time. One of the luxury car companies is offering a $4,000 parallel parking option. You simply pull up next to a parked car in front of an empty spot, engage the auto parking pilot, and in four shakes of a well-heeled yuppieís tail, you are kicked to the curb. Iím guessing this feature will be added to the other 27 functions in the key fob, so you can walk away while the car is still in the street. ...Posted by Forkum at January 17, 2007 07:53 PM
Call me old fashioned. But where does all this need-to-drive but donít need-to-know-how-to-drive madness end? The ability to parallel park falls way toward the bottom on the rocket-science to eating-dirt intelligence scale. My generation learned how to do it on vehicles not even equipped with power steering! (Yeah, I know, we walked three miles to school each day, in the snow, up hill, both ways ...).
Itís hard to say where it all started. Maybe automatic transmissions.