There’s no shortage of technology aimed at making the arduous task of parking easier. One relatively new gadget is a US-based app that uses street sensors to tell motorists whether or not a parking space is available in real-time.
“The Parker App” was developed by Streetline and Cisco and was recently rolled out in three Californian cities, 18 months after it launched in places like Washington, DC and New York City.
“Sensors embedded in the pavement of the selected parking spaces detect when a space is available,” reads an article in the San Mateo Daily Journal. “Cisco’s smart routers communicate with Streetline sensors to aggregate sensor data and at the same time communicate with Streetline’s cloud center to deliver the availability of the parking spots.”
The City of San Mateo, CA has 135 sensors spread over four blocks that will be used for a two-year trial.
The parking app is completely voice-guided for safe driving and will remind users where they parked while a timer indicates when the meter will expire.
A representative from Streetline told the San Mateo Daily Journal that 30 per cent of all downtown traffic is motorists looking for parking, so the idea is that the app should have environmental upsides.
“Vehicle emissions resulting from drivers looking for parking are so closely linked that a year-long study found that drivers in a 15-block district in Los Angeles drove in excess of 950,000 miles, produced 730 tons of carbon dioxide and used 47,000 gallons of gas searching for parking,” the San Mateo Daily Journal reads.
The Parker App explained in video: