Bosch and Stuttgart, Germany, authorities are launching a pilot project on active parking lot management that will allow drivers to know where the free spaces are via a mobile application or online.
Finding a free parking space in crowded city areas is almost as time and as nerve consuming as commuting at rush hours. A way by which the drivers will know exactly where a free spot is available will definitely take some of the pressure. Furthermore, when drivers know whether a space is available in a park and ride lot, they are more likely to park their cars and use commuter rail services instead. This is the basic idea behind a pilot project on active parking lot management that Verband Region Stuttgart – Germany (Stuttgart regional association) is now launching in cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH. At 15 park and ride facilities along the commuter train lines S2 and S3, Bosch sensors will identify unoccupied parking spaces on a minute-by-minute basis and communicate this information in real time, according to the plans. The information on free parking spaces will then be available from the VVS Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart app and website. Eleven cities and communities in the northeast of the greater Stuttgart area have agreed to support the pilot project.
For Verband Region Stuttgart’s regional director Dr. Nicola Schelling, this trial will help make switching between cars and public transit more appealing: “By incorporating the latest technology in this project, we’re improving service in the region.” The pilot project will start at the beginning of 2016 with the installation of the Bosch sensors and will continue until June 2018. Occupancy levels will also be examined and analyzed to see whether the real-time information on free park and ride spaces actually encourages more drivers to take buses and trains. In the Stuttgart region, there are over 100 park and ride facilities with 50 to 700 parking spaces. The smallest facility in the pilot project has 49 spaces, while the largest has over 520 spaces.