Only 1 in 4 people would trust autonomous technology to park their car
Almost 80 per cent of drivers are confident in their parallel parking abilities.
So much so, that most think they're better than autonomous technology when it comes to performing the manoeuvre.
But a recent study has found self-parking cars hit the curb 81 per cent less often than human drivers in the road test.
They also parked themselves with 47 per cent fewer manoeuvres and were able to 37 per cent closer to the curb than human drivers.
As well as better accuracy, cars were able to parallel park 10 per cent faster than humans.
This is according to a study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) which found nearly eight in 10 American drivers are confident in their parallel parking abilities.
'Autonomous features, such as active park assist, are rapidly being introduced into new vehicles, yet American drivers are hesitant to let go of the wheel,' said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair.
'While the vast majority of Americans say they would not trust self-parking technology, AAA found these features performed well in tests and warrants consideration of new car buyers.'
The study placed human drivers who were confident in their abilities in competition with five models of self-parking cars.
'Park assist' technology comes as standard on various high-end model cars.
The AAA tested a 2015 Lincoln MKC, a 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic, a 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Sport, a 2015 BMW i3 and a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited.
'Self-parking technology outperformed manual parking in number of curb strikes, number of manoeuvres, speed and accuracy,' said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Centre.
Despite these results, however, only one in four people would trust autonomous technology to park their vehicle.
While the tested self-parking systems performed well and parked quicker and more accurately than an unassisted driver, the technology is not without flaws.
AAA found that some systems parked the vehicles exceedingly close to the curb, leaving wheels and tires vulnerable to scratches and costly repairs.