Many meetings in our downtown office begin with “Sorry I am late; I could not find a parking spot”. The stressed out client or visitor is obviously flustered and vowing to themselves to avoid downtown meetings in the future. This kind of interaction with our city is harmful in many ways and can be avoided through a smart parking system.
Streetline, is a leading smart parking company that gathers data and analytics to solve parking issues for cities, university’s, and private lot owners. The company deploys sensors around the city that interact with satellites and mapping technology to guide drivers to the nearest open parking lot. Drivers can download an app that will filter options based on availability, pricing and proximity to their locations. Some options even include an easy pay system.
In addition to the benefits the driver would reap, the sensors once set up have the capably of capturing a wealth of data that can be used to make efficient and economical decisions regarding infrastructure, lighting, and environmental impacts.
According to this infographic listed on the Streetline website, cities have the potential to recover their investment costs in a period of 1-2 years, all while lowering emmissions and improving traffic congestion caused by circling drivers.
Could this be the end to “I couldn’t find a parking spot”? Technology is making it easier and easier to find and pay for parking, but when will this technology come to Syracuse?