I'm not sure if anyone's posted a similar topic on here before, but having experienced this problem many a time when travelling around Manchester City Centre, I wanted to find out if anyone was working on a solution - if not, would anyone be interested in working with me to create one?
Problem 1: You're driving around the city centre looking for an available parking space; your mobile phone application only tells you where the nearest car parks are, not on-street parking. What you'd like is for the mobile phone application to tell you exactly where the nearest parking SPACE is; how much it costs to park there; and more importantly, if it's empty.
Problem 2: You're in a car park, you've taken your ticket from the machine, now you need to find an available space. What you'd really like is for the car park to tell you where the nearest available space is, rather than you having to go round and round searching for one.
I know there has been a system implemented at Heathrow Terminal 5, but it's very costly and I doubt that you would be able to "upgrade" existing car parks to that level.
Benefits: If an application could be developed to solve these problems, it would actually create some significant benefits:
1. Time saved for the Driver
2. Fuel saved by the Driver
2. Less Traffic
4. Less Road Rage
There are then consequential benefits for City Councils and the Environment, with less traffic, means less congestion and less pollution.
From my initial research, this kind of major project would require the involvement and collaboration with Local Councils, database information for on-street parking spaces; mobile phone software developers and hardware developers to provide sensors to detect parking space availability.
I know a similar system is already undergoing trials in San Francisco, but I just wanted to find out if anything similiar was being developed in the UK?