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.
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
Improved road safety
Reduced noise pollution
Reduced atmospheric pollution
Benefits to carpark ownersParticipating 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
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.