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Survey of Parking Pros: Technology is Transforming the Parking Industry
The International Parking Institute / May 20, 2013
(FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – May 20, 2013) According to the results of a just-released survey, the United States is undergoing a parking revolution as the industry embraces a variety of new technologies that make it easier for people to find and pay for parking, and for parking authorities to better manage it. Cities leading in parking innovation include San Francisco; Seattle; New York; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Ore; Miami; Houston; Boston; Denver; Pittsburgh; and Tampa. Dozens of other cities were identified. Clearly,parking technology is becoming mainstream.
The 2013 Emerging Trends in Parking survey was conducted among members of the International Parking Institute (IPI) and released at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo, May 19-22. Survey highlights include:
Smartphones: Solution to the “Space Race?”
Topping the list of trends in the $30 billion parking industry is the “move toward innovative technologies to improve parking access control and payment automation,” cited by 59 percent of respondents. Another top trend is “real-time communication of pricing and availability to mobile/smart phones” (52 percent). Both trends are evident in San Francisco’s federally-funded SFpark pilot project, which supplies real-time information on the availability and cost of on- and off-street parking, drastically reducing driver circling while hunting for open spaces, congestion, and double-parking. According to San Francisco County Transportation Authority Park Manager Jay Primus, the city also may be the first in the U.S. to quantify the number of available parking spaces in all public lots, garages, and city blocks. Seattle’s new electronic parking guidance system uses dynamic real-time message signs and web information to direct people to available off-street parking at six downtown garages.