Taipei-Taipei is planning to introduce a smart parking system in the hope of reducing traffic congestion and creating more available parking at any given time.
In cooperation with five hi-tech companies, the city government will install geomagnetic sensors to transmit real-time information at 53 special parking spots within the city, as part of the new system, Liu Mao-fa (???), an official at the city's transportation bureau, said Thursday.
The system will be introduced first on a trial basis in four areas of Taipei, after which an assessment will be carried out and a decision will be made by March next year on whether to implement it throughout the city, he said.
In the test phase, 13 smart parking spaces will be created on Songzhi Road; 12 and 18 on Minquan East Road, Sections 2 and 5; and 10 on Renai Road, Section 2, Liu said.
He said Acer Inc. will supply the parking meters for the new system, while the geomagnetic sensor technology will be provided by Sunsky International, Goyun, Futek and Albot.
The technology can also be used to adjust parking prices, raising the rates to increase turnover in busy areas or dropping them to attract drivers to underused spaces, Liu said.
In addition, drivers will be able to use mobile apps to check parking availability and pricing, thus making it more convenient and less time-consuming to find parking in the city, he said.
According to Liu, geomagnetic sensor technology is already widely in use for parking in the American city of San Francisco.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel