STREAMS Parking Guidance

STREAMS Parking Guidance

Increase car park occupancy and reduce time taken to find a park

Increase car park occupancy and reduce time taken to find a park

STREAMS Parking Guidance benefits the community, motorists and car park owners by directing motorists to available parking spaces and diverting motorists from areas where no parking is available. Parking guidence systems reduce circulating traffic. Studies show that the average distance travelled to find a parking space can be reduced by up to 30% through the introduction of a parking guidence system.

Integrated with traffic management system

The system can operate independently or integrate into a traffic management system. It uses current emptying and filling rates to predict future space availability for each car park. The parking guidance information displayed reflects the predicted state of the car park when motorists arrive. This allows parking guidance information to be displayed at greater distances from the car park – allowing diversion from the zone when all car parks are predicted to fill before arrival.

Lower fuel consumption

Lower fuel consumption

Improved road safety

Improved road safety

Reduced noise pollution

Reduced atmospheric pollution

Reduced atmospheric pollution

Benefits to carpark owners

Participating car parks benefit through increased use of their facilities. Studies have shown that parking guidance systems can increase car park occupancies by 15%, resulting in increased revenue.

Benefits to motorists

Motorists benefit through a reduction in the time to find a suitable parking space. This is particularly useful when all available parking is occupied in a zone and motorists can be diverted to alternate locations. Studies report the time taken to find a parking space can be reduced by 50% when parking guidance systems are implemented.

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Real world application

A sporting venue has limited adjacent parking in a number of separate car parks. When a major event occurs, this parking is insufficient for the normal patronage, with many vehicles forced to find alternate parking in the surrounding streets.

The addition of a STREAMS parking guidance system would allow arriving vehicles to be directed to the nearest car park with available space. As this space fills, STREAMS can display messaging to divert motorists. For example, if parking is predicted to be at capacity in 20 minutes, variable message signs on motorways more than 20 minutes travel away can be used to divert motorists onto public transport.

STREAMS Parking Guidance could also be applied at train stations. If a station car park is full, motorists could be directed to another station close by that has available parking spaces along with travel time signs advising travel time to the next station, travel time to the city and travel time via train to the city. A parking guidance system used in this way could help city councils encourage commuters to use public transport to travel to work.

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