The Government has outlined proposals to change the rules around the use of remote control parking.
It says that changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations, detailed in a consultation launched yesterday (December 19), would allow the use of remote control parking on British roads, providing significant advantages for drivers with mobility problems. Further proposals would allow the widespread use of motorway assistance technology.
Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “The Government is determined that Britain should lead the way in embracing the safe deployment of new vehicle technology.
“Features such as remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel, adding greater convenience and accessibility to drivers, so that they can park and drive with more confidence.”
This latest consultation builds on previous consultations on automated driving, and also the recently published Industrial Strategy, which designated the future of UK mobility as one of the four ‘Grand Challenges’. This strategy, along with changes to the regulatory framework, aims to help the Government realise its desire to see fully self-driving cars on the UK roads by 2021.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “Manufacturers invest billions in engineering technology to enhance driver comfort, safety and convenience, so these proposals, providing clarity and confidence to consumers, are good news.
“We welcome government’s continued commitment to keep the UK at the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicle development and rollout.”
The consultation on the changes is due to get underway today and will last for six weeks.