12/15/09

Smart Parking

How great is it when a parking space opens up at the exact moment you arrive?

Most call it luck. But soon that lucky break could become a regular occurrence.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are developing “smart parking” technology. Sensors will be used to detect whether a space is occupied or open and then relay that information to circling drivers hunting for a spot.

This technology will be tested this in San Francisco, starting with about 6,000 metered parking spaces in March. The research team already has the website and iPhone application finished, so drivers will be able to use these tools to find out where parking spaces are available.

Other cities are also expressing interest in “smart parking” technology. Port Authority of Allegheny County already has partnered with Carnegie Mellon and is hoping to launch a similar project in Pittsburgh soon.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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