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Parking Guide Chooses Your Parking Space for You

by Hazel Chua

It’s frustrating having to drive around a parking garage and have to around in circles just to find a spot. What makes it especially irritating is if you’re already running late.

However, this nifty concept by Shih Chang-Chi, Huang Shao-Heng, and Wang Shou-Yu could solve that problem by reserving spaces on the fly.

Parking Guide
The Parking Guide is basically a complete parking system. When you enter the lot, the parking stub that you’re handed is already printed with the location of your spot, complete with a diagram to show you where you’re supposed to go. It completely eliminates having to go around and around just waiting for someone to leave. It will also spell the end of parking space fights and battles about who saw the spot first.

The system would use sensors to detect what spaces are currently in use, and release them when cars depart.

Parking Guide

However, there are some problems with the concept, as mentioned by several commenters over on Yanko Design. For one, it might guide would-be car thieves to where your car is if you happen to lose the parking stub along with your key. And there might be an error in the system if some people park crooked and the sensors improperly detect the availability (or unavailability) of a space. Or worse yet, if people ignore the tickets and just park in the first open space before you can get to your reserved spot.

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Comments (4):

  1. hip2b2 says:

    If the systems selects the closest spot to the entrance based on the sensors then drivers would be likely to use the indicated spot. The driver choosing a different spot based on some personal need should not present a problem as the sensors would see the previously selected spot as empty and the driver selected spot as full. Not a terribly complex programming problem as the number of cars entering and exiting the parking lot is known.

  2. Vincent Lee says:

    Good solution, but what if the car park is large scale, mean that hundred of parking spaces,how can you map it at back of the ticket?

    • hip2b2 says:

      Parking lot directions needn’t be very detailed as level, section and spot numbers can guide one to a spot without a pictorial map.

      A problem in my previous solution might occur in situation where the lost is almost filled. Driver “A” for some reason chooses to grab the spot belonging to the next driver “B” who then has to look for the next empty spot. This is unlikely as the system selects the closest spot to the entrance for each driver entering but it is possible.

      No system is absolutely perfect. In my city, paid parking is based an paying a remote box for a numbered spot for some period of time. The ticket that is given the payer is not put in the window, it is a receipt. The box sends a signal to the passing parking cop that spots 1, 5 and 6 have no time left to them. The parking cop tickets cars in those spots.

      If one were to put a nickel in the box and select spot 1, the clock restarts for a very much reduced time. When the car owner returns he is almost certain to have a ticket (which can be contested in court based on the receipt, but the cost of doing that may be greater than the cost of the parking ticket).

      As I said, no system is without its issues.

  3. Irene maranto says:

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