Smart Parking a Paradigm Changer for Intelligent Transportation

smart parking

By Jon LeSage, con­tribut­ing edi­tor, Dealer Digest Daily

• A study by UC Berke­ley Trans­porta­tion Cen­ter found that dur­ing one year, dri­vers in a tiny 15-block dis­trict in Los Ange­les drove more than 950,000 miles, emit­ted 730 met­ric tons of car­bon diox­ide, and burned 47,000 gal­lons of gas… and they were just search­ing for park­ing!
• The irony is that there’s an esti­mated 4.5 park­ing spaces per vehi­cle in the US, includ­ing three sur­face park­ing spaces per vehi­cle. But that’s absolutely point­less to the urban dri­ver run­ning late and look­ing for that pre­cious space.
For young dri­vers just look­ing for another rea­son to put off buy­ing a car, what can be done about it?

• Experts say a few key com­po­nents are needed to make sus­tain­able smart city park­ing…
• Data man­age­ment, soft­ware devel­op­ment, inno­v­a­tive pric­ing, sen­sors, smart­phone inte­gra­tion, public-private part­ner­ships, and viable, prof­itable busi­ness cases are essen­tial to make it work.
Such “Intel­li­gent Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems,” or ITS, are char­ac­ter­ized by three I’s:

  1. Instru­men­ta­tion – the hard­ware to col­lect and trans­mit mobil­ity data.
  2. Inter­con­nec­tion – the net­work to share that data.
  3. Intel­li­gence – the user-facing pro­grams and effi­cient pro­cess­ing algo­rithms that put the data to work to enhance per­sonal mobility.

What’s Next? Global automak­ers such as BMW and Ford are par­tic­i­pat­ing in smart trans­porta­tion ini­tia­tives with gov­ern­ment agen­cies, uni­ver­si­ties, and tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ers. It’s all part of the par­a­digm shift that OEMs and dealer net­works will be fac­ing in the near future.