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.
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.
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!!!
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?
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