Networking sensors could simplify finding a parking space

from MIT’s Technology Review:

Engineers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have combined simple ultrasonic sensors, GPS receivers, and cellular data networks to create a low-cost, highly effective way to find the nearest available parking space.

The Rutgers researchers say that making detailed parking data widely available via Web-based maps or navigation systems could alleviate traffic congestion by allowing travelers to decide whether to park in a central garage, hunt for street parking, or choose another mode of transportation in advance.

If drivers choose street parking, it could help by suggesting parking spaces to users through a navigation device or cell phone.

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