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Smart Parking Rollout Starts in Westminster

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
1/26/2014 5:07:56 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Parking and big data
Rich, do you think devices can be added to collect big data? Like the locations parking is in demand the most, where parking occurs for short or long periods of time, etc.....

stotheco
stotheco  
1/26/2014 12:51:58 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Hello, Siri, find me a spot
@Jshuler, good idea. Any app that will be able to help me find parking space that costs less than $25 (preferably, less than $10 even) is automatically ranked high up in my books.

As for audio-only parking apps, I think it would still be beneficial to have built-in maps. Perhaps a feature that would turn to audio-only when the person is driving.

jshuler
jshuler  
1/21/2014 3:42:46 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Hello, Siri, find me a spot
"Hello, Siri. Please guide me to a parking space near city hall that costs less than $25 per day." I want that app.

Perhaps there could be a law that Parking Finder apps can NOT have maps, but must have audible instructions only. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/21/2014 12:52:48 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: parking apps
CitySolver, I echo your points. I get how useful this kind of service is, and how beneficial as well. And if this was something that was built into people's in-car dashboards and completely voice activated, I'd be all for it. It's the multitasking and the idea that people are going to fiddle with their smartphones while driving (moreso than they already are) that stresses me out.

richheap
richheap  
1/21/2014 9:21:24 AM
User Rank Staff
Extra bit
I wouldn't say smart parking apps are as dangerous as, say, a pub opening in a motorway service station. Great idea, right? Right?!

richheap
richheap  
1/20/2014 11:24:08 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: You don't have to be psychic
Yes, some neighbourhoods are more difficult to park in (as you'd expect because no city is uniform), but especially the West End and City of London. And if you do find a space it'll be expensive. My Dad sometimes drove us into central London when I was young, but that was 20+ years ago, and it was difficult and expensive to find a space even then. Would I do the same with my daughter now? Are you crazy?!

richheap
richheap  
1/20/2014 11:19:02 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: parking apps
I don't have an answer to your question, but I'll throw in another. Would a small increase in accidents by a few distracted people outweigh a small fall in accidents that I'd expect from having fewer cars on the road, looking for a space? I doubt there's a way to show this conclusively, but it would be interesting.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/20/2014 11:13:51 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
You don't have to be psychic
It reminds me of the time I interviewed a psychic at length for a newspaper in Chicago, and she told me in detail how being clairvoyant really helps when it's time to find parking. Ahem.

Nonetheless, I can get behind this 110 percent, Rich! If my city had this, I would cry far less when I visit certain neighborhoods in DC like Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, where parking is an absolute nightmare. It's how I picture all of London or all of NY to be. Whereas other neighborhoods always have a space. Are there 'hoods in London with reputations of being more or less difficult to park in?

kq4ym
kq4ym  
1/20/2014 10:37:25 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: parking apps
My best guess is there will be more small crashes as the folks start using their mobile devices to monitor and find parking. But, probably it's going to be a very very small percentage increase over "everyday" bender benders, and more serious vehicle/pedestian and vehicle/bicycle incidents. The question would be, are any increases in accidents justified by the convenience of finding a space through technology?

Hazel
Hazel  
1/20/2014 10:37:22 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: The race is on...
You're right, Susan, although out of all those options, I'm really leaning towards the holster. It seems to be the least intrusive and distracting way to use the phone and the app while looking for a parking spot.

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