Ever drive into New York City? Most people don't, unless they have a
garage space for $750 a month. The odds of finding an available parking
space in NYC are about as high as winning the Mega
Millions. But Adrian Bone of Lewes, England, has invented a 'Parking
Patch' he hopes will solve two parking issues in Brighton, a city south
of London on the English Channel, a city far smaller than NYC or
London. But first Brighton, then the world!
Parking Patch is a 7cm sensor: image via roadtraffic-technology.com
The Parking Patch is a 7 cm sensor, which can be placed right in the center of a parking space on a street, in a parking lot, or in a car park. Not only can the sensors keep track of how long a car is parked in a space, making accurate billing easier, but it shows when a space is empty so that drivers looking for a spot can easily find it. How? Well, by checking a program on their mobiles - of course.
“There have been ideas like this before but now the technology exists to make it a reality," said Bone of his invention. “Rather than driving round fruitlessly searching for empty spaces, drivers would be able to check their mobile phones to find where to go. It just makes so much more sense."
Getting cities and towns to purchase the Parking Patches would be an uphill battle, and Bone's new gadget could end up in the Inventor's Hall of Fame, never having seen the streets of any fine city. Except that Bone's startup company, Deteq Solutions, has another angle that should work on city accounting officials. The sensors keep track of how long a car has been parked in the spot. The information would be obtainable by a central electronic calculator which would assess parking fines and even send out tow trucks, if necessary.
Installation of the Parking Patches in the city of Brighton would cost about £1.8 million, but Bone says the cost could be recouped by the city in the first year of operation by retiring the city's 80 'traffic wardens' at £25,000 each (£2 million). And, in addition, the city would make money on all of the 'meter' violations.
Also, Bone notes, "The data they get from the sensors would help to set proper parking prices to make sure vacant spaces are used.”
source: The Argus