Autonomous driving seems too alien (and risky) to most consumers (I assume) and it is a hard sell.
But autonomous parking is something being pitched by the auto industry as "convenience." Debating "safety" takes time, but selling "convenience"? It's easy. There, I see their marketing plot. Am I alone thinking that way?
When I first moved to Boston I found it unnerving how do many drivers don't make eye contact, when say you're both trying to inch into the same lane of traffic. So I can only imagine how much a leap of faith it would be to trust a driverless car would do the right thing. And as for the parking situation, my solution? Ditch the car!!!
Where I live, there's no overnight on street parking allowed ever so you either have space, rent space, or use public transportation. We don;t ahve the need to save street parking becuase it doesn't exist.
I learned to drive in Boston and got a lot of practice parking (my record was 32 round trips to get into a small parking space). Driving in circles looking for a spot provided a lot of time to reflect upon issues associated with parking. I wonder how the computerized parking system will address 2 issues. 1/ A large box needs to be lifted out out of the passenger side and a small person needs to get out of the driver's side. Therefore, how do I park off center in the stall. 2/ There is a sinkhole in the middle of the automatically selected parking place from the reservation system.