MOD: Installed Electromagnetic Rear Parking Sensor
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    MOD: Installed Electromagnetic Rear Parking Sensor

    I don't know about you guys, but it annoys me that my 2012 CT200h didn't come with parking assist or at least rear ultrasonic parking sensors. I guess they figure the car is small enough. The truth is, I share my car with my wife and she has had her fair share of parking accidents and I'm willing take any preventative help I can get.

    I looked at the ultrasonic sensors and although I am willing to drill holes in my rear bumper, I was not confident my auto-body shop would prepare and paint the sensors to OEM quality and match my nebula grey car.

    The only alternative is the EPS or Electromagnetic Parking Sensor used in Europe. Apparently an Italian company called Proxel holds the international patent for this technology and distributes it in the UK through Parking Dynamics. There was rumors that Audi utilized this technology in one of their cars, but I found no evidence of any OEM using it. They all seem to use the ultrasonic sensors. That's not to say this solution is bad, but there are pros and cons to both technology. Nonetheless, I went with the EPS due to the "no holes" promise and moderate feedback success in the forums. I bought the Parking Dynamics PD1 from here:

    No Holes Parking Sensor | Parking Dynamics Reverse Sensor

    Install wasn't bad, trickiest part was removing the bumper and feeding the power wire through the hatchback boot. I hid the beeper sensor behind the grill section next to the rear trunk light. It's accessible by removing a few screws and popping part of the rear carpet liner. I also used a 3M spray undercoater to cover the stick on metal sensor to help potential weathering or de-laminating.

    PERFORMANCE:
    I am very happy with the results. I get a SOLID beep when I am about 1-1/2 feet from the car behind me, but you can adjust (4) different sensitivities to fit your taste. I'm on No. 2 as per the instruction sheet.












    PM me if you have any questions or need a few more tips or tricks. I have a couple more detailed pictures that could help.

    Thanks for looking,
    AlohaCab

    Last edited by AlohaCab; 12-21-2012 at 09:10 PM.

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    So, it's a single sensor and it's in the middle of the bumper, right? So at an angle, can the corners of the bumper can still hit something before you get a warning?




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    Hmmm definitely interesting. From the looks of it, its a long strip that you attach to your bumper and a module at the end to pick up the signal?. How long did the install take you and did you install the front as well. Also is there a light like green yellow red or just the faster beeping

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    Install took me about 2-3 hours, because it was my first time taking off the bumper and I didn't understand how the clips worked that held onto the bumper at the sides. I also didn't realize that the reverse lights were in the hatch and not the side taillights (stupid me). If I were to do it again, it would probably take me 1 hour from start to finish.

    I did not install the front unit, since I didn't like that you have to manually switch it on and off.

    There is an option to get the kit with the Visual Display. I never used the one on my old car, so I just went with the BEEPING one. Beeps go from slow beep to solid beep.

    AlohaCab

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    Excellent write-up. Thanks so much for sharing your installation experience. Makes me want to check into buying one for my CT.
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    nice mod, i may have to do this one day when/if i ever get a new rear bumper or body kit

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    i see you have a silver metal park inside your bumper, isn't it giving any trouble for the sensor?

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    i see you have a silver metal park inside your bumper, isn't it giving any trouble for the sensor?

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