Ingolstadt is becoming, with ParkHere’s help, the first city in Bavaria to provide its citizens with real-time information about available parking spots.
The high-tech startup will install sensors in two different areas of the city. These sensors bring new opportunities and possibilities to the parking industry, as users can easily locate through their navigation system the available parking spots. The sensors don’t need batteries and have a lifespan of at least 25 years. Cities and communities benefit of the system as the traffic is dramatically reduced and thus the pollution is diminished. Similar projects have taken place in North American cities and reduced the time drivers dedicated to searching parking spot by about 43%.
After the successful test project between ParkHere and Park&Ride München GmbH, where the sensors were implemented and tested in a P+R area, the city of Ingolstadt decided to start a project of its own with this technology. The sensors will be installed in the upcoming months in the downtown area, specifically in the streets of Schrannerstrasse and Mauthstrasse. There, the ultra thin embedded floor sensors will detect whether a parking spot is free or occupied by a car.
The sensors need neither batteries nor electrical power: the pressure the wheel of the vehicle exerts on the sensor is enough to generate an electric impulse, which is sent to the base station that collects the availability data of the different parking spots. This information is then sent to ParkHere’s server, which forwards it to navigation systems providers that integrate this information in their service so that users can navigate even more efficiently.
This patented energy harvesting technology does not need maintenance and runs reliably for more than 25 years. The sensors could be hence the solution to the problem electric vehicle (EV) charging point operators are facing: many vehicles park in front of the EV charging stations even though they are not using them. The suppliers have no easy way to avoid this; until now they could only figure out that a vehicle was parked in front of their EV charging station if it was simultaneously connected by cable to the charging pole. With the help of ParkHere, charging point operators are now able to get real-time information about the availability of each parking spot.
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