Volvo XC90 2015-2023 Owners Manual / Driver support / Park Assist Pilot limitations

Volvo XC90: Driver support / Park Assist Pilot limitations


Park Assist Pilot (PAP1) may not be able to detect all conditions in all situations and functionality may therefore be limited.

The driver should be aware of the following limitations for Park Assist Pilot.


  • The parking sensors have dead/blind spots where objects cannot be detected.
  • Pay particular attention to people and animals near the vehicle.
  • Bear in mind that the front end of the vehicle may swing out towards oncoming traffic during the parking maneuver.


Objects situated higher than the detection area of the sensors are not included when the parking maneuver is calculated, which could cause the function to swing into the parking space too early. Such parking spaces should be avoided for this reason.

The parking sequence is cancelled

A parking sequence will be cancelled if:

  • the driver moves the steering wheel
  • the vehicle's speed exceeds 7 km/h (4 mph)
  • the driver taps Cancel in the center display
  • when the anti-lock brakes or the Electronic stability control are engaged - e.g. when a wheel loses grip on a slippery road
  • when speed-dependent power steering wheel resistance is working at reduced power – e.g. during cooling due to overheating
  • when, while parking, the parking sensors detect a vehicle or pedestrian in the vehicle's intended direction of travel behind or in front of the vehicle, the auto-brake function will bring the vehicle to a standstill.

A message in the center display will explain why the parking sequence was cancelled.


Under certain circumstances, the function may not be able to find parking spaces – one reason may be that the sensors are disrupted by external sound sources that emit the same ultrasonic frequencies that the system works with.

Examples of such sources include horns, wet tires on asphalt, pneumatic brakes, exhaust noise from motorcycles, etc.


Dirt, ice and snow covering the sensors reduce their function and can make measurement impossible.

Driver responsibility

The driver should keep in mind that the function is a parking aid ‒ not an infallible fully automatic system. The driver must always be prepared to take control and cancel a parking sequence if necessary.

There are a number of things to keep in mind when parking, including:

  • The driver is always responsible for determining if the space suggested by the function is suitable for parking.
  • Do not use the function when using snow chains or a temporary spare tire.
  • Do not use the function if there are any objects protruding from the vehicle.
  • Heavy rain or snowfall may inhibit PAP's ability to accurately measure a parking space.
  • While searching and measuring the parking space, the function may be unable to detect objects located far into the space.
  • PAP may not suggest parking spaces on narrow streets if it does not detect sufficient space for maneuvering the vehicle.
  • Use approved tires2 inflated to the correct tire pressure because this affects the function's ability to provide parking assistance.
  • The function is based on the way the vehicles are parked behind and in front of your parking space. If they are, for example, parked too close to the curb, there is a risk that your vehicle's tires or wheel rims could be damaged by the curb during the parking procedure.
  • Perpendicular parking spaces may not be detected or may be suggested unnecessarily if a parked vehicle is sticking out more than other parked vehicles.
  • The function is intended to provide parking assistance on straight streets, not sections of street with sharp curves or bends. Always make sure that your vehicle is parallel to relevant parking spaces when the function is measuring the parking space.

1 Park Assist Pilot

2"Approved tires" refers to tires of the same type and make as the vehicle's original, factory-installed tires.

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