Dude, where's my parked car

Two-thirds of motorists have a ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ moment

Dude, where's my parked car

You’ll lose many things over the Christmas period – your temper, the wrapping paper, the cranberry sauce, the tip for the postman, your mother-in-law. Maybe the latter is just wishful thinking…

But the chances are you won’t lose your car. Not unless you’re one of the 2,000 motorists who took part in a study by Nissan. Yes, it’s that most wonderful time of the year when the press offices have switched to auto-drive and are rolling out news items loaded with stats for all to enjoy endure.

Nissan claims that around two-thirds of us have forgotten whey we parked our car. That’s 65.1% of the respondents failing to recall where they placed their motor.

Furthermore, we could spend around 10 minutes searching for the misplaced vehicle.

<Insert something here about all crossovers looking the same>

OK, moving on. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 100 motorists admitted to spending more than half an hour searching for their car. Maybe they were searching in the wrong town. Or maybe they were in denial about buying a Mitsubishi Mirage.

Dude, Where’s My Crossover?

Parked Nissan Qashqai

Of the places where drivers are most likely to misplace their vehicles, multi-storey car parks came out on top, followed by shopping centres, supermarkets, airports and the street.

This is despite smartphone technology enabling motorists to log where they parked their car. Indeed, only nine percent of the respondents said that they used a smartphone to track the location of their vehicle.

Arun Prasad, passenger car category manager at Nissan, said: “In-car connectivity and smartphone apps let drivers use simple and accessible technology to mitigate against some of the everyday pitfalls of motoring – such as forgetting where you parked your car.”

“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility – our vision for the future of motoring – we’re changing the way we interact with our vehicles to benefit customer lives. Helping drivers easily locate their car is just one of the many benefits under our Intelligent Integration strategy.”

There’s apparently no truth in the rumours that Nissan is developing an intelligent app designed to help you lose your mother-in-law over the Christmas period. Not all of your Christmas wishes will come true.

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