The Space Race: Solving the Parking Problem

In this article, the author looks at a variety of technologies that are being used to alleviate parking availability problems in urban areas. The first system described is a vehicle location billing system in which a satellite-based Vehicle Positioning System (VPS) will track the exact location of a car that is equipped with a transponder and be able to determine how long the car has been stationary. The author then gives an overview of additional systems, including: the Q-Free automated card parking system in Lisbon, Portugal; the mPark program in Edinburgh, U.K., in which mobile phone are used to pay for on-street parking; SpotScout, an e-commerce service for cellular subscribers that permits drivers to find and locate a parking space ahead of time; and, bay-specific parking guidance systems. Included in the article is a sidebar describing the Smart Parking concept that was demonstrated at a field test at the Rockridge BART station in Oakland, California, from December 2004 to April 2006. That program allowed for both pre-trip planning using a web-based reservation system and enroute planning using real time parking information drawn from changeable message signs. Additional “SmartPark” programs in Chicago and Washington D.C. are also mentioned.


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  • Accession Number: 01044912
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 23 2007 1:48PM