Searching for a place to park is a nuisance. Finally you arrive at your destination only to realize there are no spaces to be found. Driving endlessly around the block is a drain on time, fuel and patience. According to a recent international study on parking management, looking for a parking space takes an average of almost ten minutes in Germany, and as much as 15 minutes in Italy. Each search involves an average drive of around 4.5 kilometers, which causes 1.3 kilos of CO₂ to be released into the atmosphere unnecessarily. Surveys have also shown that around 30 percent of all drivers in congested inner cities are searching for somewhere to park. In particularly afflicted urban districts the distance traveled during these searches each year adds up to 14 trips all the way around the earth.
Siemens has now developed a parking management solution that allows cities to tackle the increasing shortage of parking spaces. With this solution, which will be tested for the first time starting this summer in a pilot project in Berlin, road users are effortlessly informed of free parking spaces on the roadside between their initial location and their destination. Various sensor types and technologies are integrated into a smart parking management system that can be optimally adjusted to the individual requirements of any urban area, enabling municipalities to make intelligent use of the parking options at their disposal.