Your Mercedes Car Could Be Another Person’s GPS to Locate a Parking Space

Are you often frustrated by how difficult it is to find a parking space for your car in a crowded city district? Did you pass by a vacant spot by mistake because you did not see the space until you went past it? According to a recent study from Apcoa, up to 30 percent of the traffic in cities today are accounted to searching for parking lots. Well, Mercedes-Benz now is aiming to reduce the time and trouble of looking for a parking space by notifying the driver ahead of time using other Mercedes-Benz cars on the road. This is part of a larger project aimed at helping drivers safe time, reduce traffic congestion, and pollution from cars encircling the area looking a space.  

Mercedes and parts supplier, Robert Bosch GmbH are developing a pilot project that will note an empty space a driver has passed by and upload the information to help others that are looking for a parking space in the nearby area. It collects data of parking spaces from a vehicle driving up to a speed of 34 miles per hour.

Here is how it works:

First, the system will calculate the odds of finding a parking spot in the specified street. Then, it will share real time information on the location and size of the spot which will be displayed on the monitor of the car.

Other car-makers are also finding ways to help make parking easier for drivers. BMW’s ParkNow allow drivers to reserve a spot in parking garages in addition to pay for a space on the road. Siemens is using radar installed on street lamp posts to deliver parking locations of the street. So, in the future, don’t be surprised that Mercedes or BMW cars always beat you to the spot when looking for a parking space on the street.

 

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