Retrofit Active Parking Assist?

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Does anyone know if it’s possible to retrofit Active Parking Assistant to a pre-facelift W169? – The system where the car is able to park itself (an option that was available on the facelift version).

Since I already have the OEM Parktronic system (4 x parking sensors back and front along with the internal LED displays) I wondered if it’s something that can be programmed retrospectively or if it needs extra kit fitted to the car.

Thought it might save my alloy wheels a bit of grief!
 

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Does it have electric power steering? Active park assist usually has one specific sensor at the side of the car (I'm not familiar with the 169 though).
 

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As above there are extra "space length" side sensors as well as the normal front and rear sensors.

I have had it on two cars now and quite frankly it's slow and dim witted, not worth it unless your a complete numbskull at parking and only park in clearly defined and straight forward spaces, otherwise the sytems just say "no".........
 
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Thanks all,

Yes I believe all W169’s are electric power steering, that’s why I thought it might be possible to retrofit with the combination of parking sensors that I already have. Though if it needs extra sensors then that would make it not worthwhile – if it’s as bad as you say boxbrownie then maybe it’s not worthwhile anyhow!

I just saw a couple of youtube vids of W169's parking themselves and thought it might be a cool option if it were possible.

I’m not that bad at parking by the way…just a little lazy maybe, and a sucker for a gadget!
 

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Does anyone know if it’s possible to retrofit Active Parking Assistant to a pre-facelift W169? – The system where the car is able to park itself (an option that was available on the facelift version).

Since I already have the OEM Parktronic system (4 x parking sensors back and front along with the internal LED displays) I wondered if it’s something that can be programmed retrospectively or if it needs extra kit fitted to the car.

Thought it might save my alloy wheels a bit of grief!
This will almost certainly be prohibitively expensive as you will need the parktronic system from a facelifted car as a minimum. Also to activate it requires SCN coding a number of parts which wont accept coding from a 2009 model year car. Perhaps if you changed all the control units in the car including SAM, SCM, cluster,Parktronic etc and then fooled STAR into thinking the car is a model year 2009 it 'might' work.
 

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