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Using your Cell Phone to find an Open Parking Space

November 01, 2010

Using your Cell Phone to find an Open Parking Space

Toulouse, France is the new testing site for a system which helps you track down an open parking space on the street through a complex navigation system. This application also helps to tell if a car is illegally parked or their meter time has run out.
Toulouse start-up Lyberta together with French space agency CNES have developed this application with technology used in space travel that helps to find landing spots on Venus. It is based on electromagnetic sensors below the street level that detect whether their is a car on top of this sensor or not, as well as read the arrival and departure time which simulates a parking meter reading.
The information gathered by the sensors is sent to a server which keeps track of around 2,500 to 3,000 sensors, this information is updated every few minutes and made available to all the subscribers of the service. They can retrieve this information through their smartphone which displays available parking spaces as pictograms on an electronic map. In the future, the information will also be accessible via GPS navigation systems, which will display vacant parking spots in the same way that they currently indicate gas stations, hospitals or churches. City planners hope that this new technology will help in the decongestion of traffic and to simplify the parking process.

Like we have said many times before here a MG-I, we are only just starting to untap all the benefits and different ways in which our lives, customs and routines are changing and evolving alongside the vertiginous momentum of technology, yet this company has no doubt in its plans to keep up.