Will self-parking technology reduce the need for fleet maintenance?

There are few events in life that are as daunting as parallel parking. Whether it's in a secluded parking lot or busy main street, these manoeuvres can pressure even the most experienced drivers. 

45 per cent of drivers avoid vacant parking spots if they involve parallel parking.

In light of a survey from Easytrip, it looks like fleet managers may need to give their drivers a confidence boost when it comes to parallel parking. Easytrip found that nearly half (45 per cent) of all drivers avoid vacant spots if taking them involves parallel parking.

Thankfully, many automotive manufacturers are working on self-parking systems, setting drivers free from these concerns. However, are people actually making the most of this technology?

Parking technology outperforms drivers

While some drivers may be sceptical about having a computer system move their pride and joy into a tight parking sport, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has found these technologies are more than capable. 

According to the organisation's research, self-parking systems are able to perform these manoeuvres much more efficiently than people. In many cases, cars equipped with the technology could park themselves with 47 per cent fewer movements. 

The technology is also expected to reduce the demand for fleet maintenance. These vehicles could not only park quicker, but also do so more accurately, registering 81 per cent fewer impacts with the curb. 

AAA's Managing Director of Automotive Engineering and Repair John Nielsen said that, while the technology is proving effective, many drivers are still hesitant to trust it completely. 

"Autonomous features, such as active park assist, are rapidly being introduced into new vehicles, yet American drivers are hesitant to let go of the wheel," he explained. 

"While the vast majority of Americans say they would not trust self-parking technology, AAA found these features performed well in tests and warrant consideration of new car buyers."

Safety improves while on the move

Many manufacturers are recognising the potential for computer-controlled safety systems to benefit drivers while they're on the open road as well. Mercedes-Benz announced its commitment to this cause by detailing new technology that can read the road for drivers. 

Specifically, the systems target the safety hazards most commonly associated with city-based driving, such as cyclists, pedestrians and other traffic. Impressively, the technology has been programmed to recognise obstacles in 25 different classifications and trigger responses if necessary. 

The growing commitment to safety technology is one that is set to benefit fleet managers and their drivers, with modern vehicles enhancing these features.