PARKING GUIDANCE SYSTEMS (PGS) IN JAPAN: HOW THEY ARE AND HOW THEY WILL BE

This paper describes the present condition and future prospects of parking guidance systems (PGS), which are being spread in Japan as a means of alleviating illegal on-street parking. The supply and demand of parking facilities in city centers are becoming unbalanced rapidly. Among the possible causes are the short supply of parking facilities themselves and the tight supply of them due to the concentration of users in certain facilities. To secure smooth traffic and resolve illegal parking, two measures must be taken. First, parking facilities must be built up. Second, the infrastructure for providing parking facilities information must be built up also, as a mechanism intended to prevent the unbalanced use of parking facilities. The PGS is running in nearly 40 cities in cooperation with the Ministry of Construction, local governments, and other public sector authorities, along with parking facilities operators, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, shopping centers, and other private enterprises. These systems are so designed that the center collects real-time vacancy information from parking facilities; its center computer calculates the utilization status of parking facilities on levels of blocks, zones, and parking facilities; and information is supplied to drivers on a real-time basis through guidance displays installed systematically on roads. Conventional practice consisted mainly of guidance about parking facilities through displays mounted on roads. In the future, with vehicles to become intelligent and roads to become even more intelligent, parking facilities information should link organically with road information to provide more advanced and effective information. The PGS is, therefore, projected to become more intelligent and better-networked with other systems.

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    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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    TORANOMOM 34 MORI BUILDING 1-25-5
    TORANOMON, MINATOKU, TOKYO 105  Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Toyama, Y
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 848

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  • Accession Number: 00722002
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 21 1996 12:00AM