Sick of searching for a parking space? Well, there may not be an app for that just yet, but Streetline’s new app Parker might just be the solution that you’ve been hoping for.
Anyone who drives their car in a city knows that parking is becoming more and more of a precious commodity every year. Streetline’s hardware system and the connecting app offer a solution, introducing the idea of smart parking. A sensor embedded in the ground senses whether or not cars are parked and transmits the information when a parking space becomes free. Parker users who are driving in the area can switch on the app and receive information about which parking spaces are available nearby, and whether they have any restrictions such as parking meters.
Streetline’s system is beginning to be used in Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington DC. By recent estimations, drivers currently spend about 23% of their total mileage just actually looking for parking, which of course adds to both traffic congestion and harmful emissions. It is estimated that if smart parking were to be implemented around the world, it would be possible to reduce oil consumption by up to 1 million barrels a day.
Streetline is also beginning to roll out a service which will allow to pay for their parking via smartphone. For anyone who’s ever spent 20 minutes circling for a space before, the biggest draw to the smart parking scheme is almost certainly the promise of easily-located parking at the touch of a button.