Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Parking Part 3: Regulation

  As self-driving cars begin making their way off the production line and onto the streets, the DMV in one of America’s largest states is working to create rules to integrate them into a driving system.

  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, since 2012 the DMV has been performing research, holding hearings with the public, meeting with carmakers and technology companies, all to draft regulations governing the testing of autonomous vehicles.

  With recent crashes of self-driving cars, the public is taking a closer look at these regulations than it has earlier, when these devices were a hypothetical to most people. One of the areas smart parking regulations will need to cover is parking for autonomous vehicles.

  Like a ride from a ride-sharing services, self-driving cars won’t need to be parked right outside an office of business to drop someone up or pick them up. They just need a quick drop-off point, rather than parking by the hour right outside a storefront. But unlike ride-sharing services, autonomous vehicles that are privately owned will have drivers that want them nearby, so some form of hourly parking may be necessary. Parking guidance will need to be contoured to fit these new trends.

  Of course, self-driving cars as part of a ride-sharing service fall into a different category. Their biggest challenge will probably be charging up during the day, and where they will park at night. But this diversity of new parking needs shows the DMV still have a big challenge ahead of them.