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.
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.
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.