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Self-parking cars to be legalised in UK

BBC News

The UK government wants to modify its ban on using mobile phones behind the wheel to allow drivers to use automatic parking devices.

Tesla Recall 2017: 53,000 Model S, Model X Cars Cited For Parking Brake Issue

International Business Times

Tesla has issued a recall of 53,000 Model S and Model X cars due to an issue with the parking brake on the cars, the manufacturer said Thursday. In a statement, Tesla found the parking brakes on Model S and Model X units built between February and October 2016 had a gear from a third-party manufacturer that could break and keep the car from moving. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the issue -- Tesla estimates less than 5 percent of cars in the recall may be affected by the faulty gear -- but the company will still contact buyers whose cars are potentially affected. Tesla said owners of these cars can still safely drive their vehicles. The repair process will take an estimated 45 minutes.

Kakao launches mobile parking service


Kakao Mobility has rebranded its cab chauffeur service KakaoTaxi and updated it to include all its existing transportation services along with the new addition of parking. Now called Kakao T, users can call cabs, call for substitute drivers, navigate, and search for parking spaces all through the one app, the company said. They can access any of those services through a tab bar at the top of the app. Payments will be automatically paid through Kakao Pay, the firm said. The new parking service searches for available parking spaces in real time, and will suggest up to five parking spaces around the user's specified location.

NHS hospitals break parking fees record

BBC News

NHS hospitals appear to be making more money than ever from parking fees. A report from the Press Association says hospitals in England collected more than £120m last year - up by 5%. Many trusts defended the charges, saying the money was put back into patient care or maintaining car parks. But the chief executive of the Patients Association said it was unfair that hospital parking in Wales and Scotland was largely free, while patients in England had to pay. Of the 120 trusts asked by PA, 89 responded to the Freedom of Information request on the charges.

Google Maps update could end parking tickets and lost cars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Wandering aimlessly in search of your parking spot could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the latest update to Google Maps. Absent-minded drivers can now easily pinpoint their car and find the best way to get back to it, using the app on their smartphone. And the new feature also provides a countdown timer and notifications, which could mean drivers return before landing a fine. The parking tool was previously available for testing as part of a raft of new tools in Google Maps v9.49 beta. But it is how now gone public, with an update to the Android and iOS app available from today.