Cars are to be legally parked via remote control on British roads, it has been announced.
The Department for Transport (DfT) explained: “Developments like remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel for those with mobility challenges, unlocking tight parking spaces and using computers to help driver accuracy on the road.
“Not only that, but technology has the potential to make driving more energy efficient meaning cheaper, cleaner journeys, with improved air quality for both drivers and pedestrians,” reported driving.co.uk.
The new regulations are to be added to the Highway Code and are to be introduced following consultations held ealier this year.
While the proposals received “overwhelming support from a range of groups” the DfT believe the updates will provide clarity for motorists about how technologies can be usedas well as ensuring the law is flexible enough to allow for future breakthroughs.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive, Mike Hawes, added: “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.”
“Today’s announcement is just one step towards increasing automation but it is an important one enabling increased convenience especially for those with restricted mobility.
“It is another welcome commitment from government to keep the UK firmly at the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicle development and rollout.”