The government has announced a proposal to change the rules around remote parking, using a smart key, mobile phone or even a smart watch.

The news is said to pave the way for Great Britain to harness the benefits of technology and will see significant advantages for drivers with mobility problems.

Some cars on the market now allow drivers to park their cars remotely, such as new BMWs, Teslas and Audis.

Those with small garages or mobility issues can bay or parallel park, depending on the system, all with the push of a button. This can be done either from inside the car or by standing near it.

The consultation will last six weeks and also includes cars with improved cruise control, taking the UK a step closer to autonomous cars. The proposal to amend the Highway Code also suggests allowing advanced driver assistance systems such as motorway assist functions.

Announcing the start of the consultation, 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.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, added: “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.”

Ted Welford


December 20, 2017