The Government has announced a consultation on proposed changes to the Highway Code which will enable drivers to park their cars remotely, and bring forward smarter motorway cruise control.
With manufacturers ‘constantly competing to bring drivers the latest in advanced drive technologies’, the Government says the proposals will make the Highway Code ‘future ready’.
Remote control parking is an ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) that allows the driver to carry out a parking manoeuvre from either inside or outside the vehicle, by issuing a command from an external device.
The Government says allowing the use of remote control parking would provide ‘significant advantages’ for drivers with mobility problems.
Jesse Norman, transport minister, said: “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.
“The exciting developments outlined in the consultation have the potential to revolutionise how we drive. For those with mobility issues remote control parking has the potential to make far more places accessible.
“Similarly, cars with improved cruise control functions will be able to make journeys on UK roads more energy efficient, meaning cheaper, cleaner driving.”
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 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 got underway on 19 December and will close on 30 January 2018.
Click here to access the consultation documentation and for details of how to respond.