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Since the smart-city is a model of an intelligent and more pleasant to live city, it must address the most common problems in the urban environment, and address parking difficulties. At this time, several start-ups have already put in place innovative solutions to help motorists to park … And many projects under development draw the portrait of our parking of the future.
Parking Map: finding places faster and more fluidify traffic
Created in 2015, the French company Parking Map offers a solution to facilitate parking in cities, at a time when the lack of space is the main reason for desertification of city centers … While we spend up to 30 minutes a week, in France, to find a parking lot (Harris Interactive Survey conducted in 2017).
To introduce its concept into our streets, Parking Map has installed cameras with artificial intelligence on buildings, in height, to better detect empty places and use information later. The founders of the application, who have already mapped Paris, Orleans or Trévoux (Rhône), hope to develop their solution elsewhere. With this real-time information, drivers can find free places close to their geographical position quickly, which also helps to smooth traffic.
EasyPark: a complete service to park and respect the local rules
In the EasyPark interface, the user enters his destination: thanks to a predictive approach, it gives directly information about the places available nearby. Created by Swedes, the program already boasts 600 cities in 10 European countries.
More than just a help tool for geolocating free places, this application includes all parking management. Payment is made on the smartphone, which saves time searching for time stamps. Even better, this choice of dematerialized payment offers the opportunity to modify the schedules remotely, in case of unforeseen, to avoid being fined. The app even gives the user the usual rules of the city where it is located, knowing that travelers often have difficulty understanding how to park well abroad.
ZenPark: an initiative to use free parking spaces in private car parks
In big cities, if public car parks are quickly chosen by users, many places remain empty in the parking lots of offices, buildings or hotels. On a regular basis, ZenPark adds new parking areas of this type throughout Europe’s cities. By car, the driver can simply launch the app to find the nearest private parking. The program allows to open the gate or door of the garage, to pay for parking or even to reserve it in advance – to leave quietly with the certainty of having a place for his vehicle.
The actors who already imagine the parking of the future
All these alternatives to facilitate parking already exist. But other start-ups and companies are thinking about the parking of tomorrow, where artificial intelligence will have an even more decisive role.In China, the Baidu company is working on an autonomous valet system: with the smartphone, you can leave your car at the entrance of the car park, choose the place on the phone … And the car will park itself, which will avoid losing time on the maneuvers. Bosch is thinking about the same concept of smart parking, which would of course only be compatible with autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles.