New driving law: UK to legalise remote control parking

Are you really bad at parking? Ever wondered if there was something that could help you out? Fear not, there is a solution…you're going to want to read this! Vanarama's Laura Day reports.

Remote control parking will be legal in the UK from June, following new legislation that has recently been introduced.

It's one step towards increased automation, but how exactly does it work?

What exactly IS remote control parking?

As you might have guessed, (the clue is in the name), remote control parking assistance systems let the car do the parking for you! That's right, no more parking stress…you'll be able to sit back and let the car do all the hard work.

Even after the driver has exited the car, it parks itself by moving forward into, or reversing out of, a tight parking space or garage. Clever, right?!

Remote control parking is just one of several driving assistance technologies that have the potential to transform car travel.

What are the experts saying?

The Department for Transport (DfT), claim that technology has the potential to make driving more energy efficient, meaning cheaper and cleaner journeys, with improved air quality for both drivers and pedestrians.

The introduction of remote control parking is designed to ensure the UK are at the forefront of the automated driving sector, and that our roads are prepared for the new technology.

Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, said: "Advanced driver assistance systems are already starting to revolutionise driving. It's encouraging to see the strong support for these innovations from a range of stakeholders. We will continue to review our driving laws, to ensure drivers can enjoy the potential of these new tools safely".

While DfT want to encourage people to embrace this new technology, they urge drivers to do so safely. Currently, drivers aren't permitted to hold a mobile phone while in the car, but the proposed update will allow them to use a remote control device if they are within 6 metres of the vehicle. This update will be reflected in the Highway Code when the new changes are implemented.

Transforming driving

SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, welcomes to move, saying: "Connected and autonomous vehicles will transform our lives, with the potential to reduce up to 25,000 serious accidents and create more than 300,000 jobs over the next decade."

Mike goes on to say that: "This announcement is just one step towards increasing automation but it is an important once enabling increased convenience especially for those with restricted mobility. It is another welcome commitment from the government to keep the UK firmly at the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicle development."

It seems like we're well on our way to an automated driving world.

How do you feel about increased automation? Will remote control parking be useful to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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