Even back in the 1950s, they had a car that could almost park itself, called the “Park-Car”. This vehicle was invented by Brooks Walker in the 1930s and patented in the 1950s. It included a fifth wheel that allowed it to rotate in and out of parking spaces, as well as turn in a full circle. Basically, it had a series of hydraulic pumps and gears that pushes the spare wheel out from the trunk and rotates the back of the car easing the parallel parking process. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Cadillac project was developed by Brooks Walker from Walker Research in San Francisco, US, but there was also another prototype developed by the same inventor where a 1953 Packard Cavalier was modified to achieve the same results. OldCarsWeekly.com featured the Walker’s Packard Cavalier and confirmed with its owner that the parking system exists and is fully operational.