Driving out of a Parking Space

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A car of length is driven out of a parking place without using reverse. What is the minimum distance to a car in front that allows this maneuver? The geometry is as follows: the distance between the axis of the front wheels and the front of the car is , the width is , and the turning radius.

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (October 2011)
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The width of the gap must be at least


The car in the picture has width 1.75 m, length 4.75 m, and distance from the front to the axis of the wheels 0.75 m.

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