Honda to add automated parallel-parking gadgetry

Honda is joining the automated parallel-parking party with the addition of a "parking device" to its latest model of the Life mini-vehicle, which will be released on October 5. Similar to other models by Toyota, Volkwagen and BMW, this newfangled widget will do all the hard work of straining to see the right angles and talking you through the whole process, while you apply the gas and brakes. The so-called "parking device" (c'mon guys, couldn't you have come up with a better name?) will also be sold separately for ¥52,500 ($450) -- no word on if it installs itself, though.