The only thing that frustrates drivers in big cities more than traffic, is the challenge to find a place to park. Parking is a never-ending issue in metropolitan areas. It often can be deterrent to wanting to drive, live or visit certain areas. But a number of new tech-driven “smart parking” projects could help curb those concerns.
MeterFeeder, a Pittsburgh-based company, and Uncanny Vision have created a unique parking solution for garages. The pay-as-you-go system enables users to have their parking fees automatically charged to a designated account, utilizing license plate recognition cameras.
El Paso, Texas has launched an entire new version of its ParkMobile App, called Park 915. The app-based system provides drivers with a map view of available parking spots and the ability to extend their parking time using the app.
A project underway in Seattle will use robots to park vehicles underground in special compartments. The project will be anchored by a valet system, where vehicles are dropped off in a certain area and robots handle the rest.
A parking system in Columbus, Ohio enables residents to assign their guests passes, using a unique app-based and online service.
A new app-based system, called ParKam, uses existing parking security cameras and crowdsourcing to identify available parking.
The tech company, Arrive, is widening the scope of its app-based parking system across North America. The expanded system will enable drivers to pre-purchase parking online to enter and exits tens of-thousands garages and lots across the U.S. and Canada.
Expect even more city parking innovations across the U.S. in the near future. The global “smart parking” market is expected to reach $11.5 billion by 2025.