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Smart parking trial begins in Manuka

By Michael Reid - 29 April 2016 29

Andrew Barr launching smart parking at Manuka.

Smart parking technology has been introduced in the busy retail precinct of Manuka.

The 12-month trial is designed to help ease traffic congestion and travel time by using real-time technology to help Canberrans drive directly to the nearest parking space.

Announcing the trial on Friday, ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the scheme would help residents, local businesses and interstate visitors move in and out of Manuka more easily, whether they were seeking on-street, off-street, free, paid, long-term or short-term parking.

Mr Barr (pictured) said the ACT Government was looking to improve parking in the capital as part of efforts to make Canberra a leading digital city.

“As our city grows, demand for parking in our busy town centres will continue to increase. Smart parking seeks to address this issue, and will enhance our city centres by making it easier for drivers to travel around our city.”

The trial utilises embedded infrared sensors and CBRfree WiFi to communicate information to a Smartphone application, as well as five new LED signs to guide patrons to available parking spaces.

The ParkCBR app is now available for download for Apple and Android users.

The app allows Canberrans to view the availability of parking in Manuka before their journey, or for passengers to guide the driver to a parking space in the precinct.

More information on the smart parking trial is available at www.act.gov.au/smartparking.

 

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29 Responses to
Smart parking trial begins in Manuka
dungfungus 2:33 pm 05 May 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

Why is using a hands-free parking assist feature breaking the law, @dungfungus? Which law?

Both hands must be on the wheel when in control of a motor vehicle.
Ask a traffic cop because that is what they told me.

Charlotte Harper 11:06 am 05 May 16

Why is using a hands-free parking assist feature breaking the law, @dungfungus? Which law?

MonarchRepublic 10:30 am 05 May 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

Mordd said :

So much for not using your phone while driving

That’s a good point, presumably one is meant to pull over, get out phone, find parking spot, put away phone, proceed to spot?

Or, you know, look at one of the “five new LED signs to guide patrons to available parking spaces”

dungfungus 7:40 am 05 May 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

Mordd said :

So much for not using your phone while driving

That’s a good point, presumably one is meant to pull over, get out phone, find parking spot, put away phone, proceed to spot?

And when they park using that hands free “parking assist” feature they are breaking the law as well.

Mordd 3:27 am 05 May 16

Mordd said :

So much for not using your phone while driving

That’s a good point, presumably one is meant to pull over, get out phone, find parking spot, put away phone, proceed to spot?

tim_c 2:54 pm 04 May 16

So much for not using your phone while driving

pajs 11:06 am 03 May 16

Tenpoints said :

JC said :

Just another layer of privacy intrusion, facilitated by the government …

I’m sorry, I don’t understand – how is using an app to find a parking spot considered “privacy intrusion”?

If I understand Masquara logic:
– this is being done by the ACT Government
– they are not Liberals and very bad
– privacy intrusions are bad
– therefore ‘smart parking’ is bad and a privacy intrusion.

I might have missed a leap somewhere, but that seems about right…

It could be Masquara might, in a more lucid state, be saying something like:
– smart parking will track how long my car has been at a particular public place
– an inspector can ping me if the car has remained in that space longer than the time limit, if I have not moved the car off and back on the sensor, even if I have paid the full time-charge
– the inspector will then be able to take my licence information and know who the human was and where the human was, because of where the car was
– this is a bit like having an ID card that can be read from space
– so that is bad for privacy.

Hmm, interpreting Masquara logic is harder than understanding Dungers’ train of thought.

rubaiyat 1:39 am 03 May 16

JC said :

Just another layer of privacy intrusion, facilitated by the government …

That cursed spellchecker, I think you meant guvmin’.

Don’t know which is worse, The Nanny State or The Ninny Public that the The Nanny State tries to compensate for.

Postalgeek 1:41 pm 02 May 16

Tenpoints said :

JC said :

Just another layer of privacy intrusion, facilitated by the government …

I’m sorry, I don’t understand – how is using an app to find a parking spot considered “privacy intrusion”?

I was wondering that myself.

madelini 9:53 am 02 May 16

JC said :

Just another layer of privacy intrusion, facilitated by the government …

I’m sorry, I don’t understand – how is using an app to find a parking spot considered “privacy intrusion”?

Lurker2913 6:54 pm 01 May 16

David M said :

I downloaded the app is not that great. It didn’t show where the available spots are in Manuka

I figured it out. You have to search a specific street (e.g. Furneaeux Street) to show all available parking at the Manuka shops. You can’t just open the map and scroll around like Parkopedia.

You can save searches and they are listed under street names. It would be much better if you could save them under suburbs instead.

Lurker2913 6:28 pm 01 May 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

The on-street parking system may have an alternative agenda of alerting parking inspectors via WiFi when parking vouchers expire. This particular technology is used in other cities.

I believe is would have been included in a secret report with statistics on increased revenue in other cities. Installed for the communities benefit – bullsh@t!

wildturkeycanoe said :

Perhaps the App is the only aspect worth reporting.

I downloaded the app is not that great. It didn’t show where the available spots are in Manuka and only made it possible to pay and top up your parking through the app. Manual top up too so you better not let the meter run out, not for even a second. The parking inspector will be waiting at your car, with machine in hand counting down the seconds, and will slap the ticket on your windscreen the moment the meter expires.

Masquara 9:30 pm 30 Apr 16

Just another layer of privacy intrusion, facilitated by the government …

rubaiyat 2:03 pm 30 Apr 16

This will only eliminate some of the stupid circling at considerable expense, but what are the drivers going to do when the few available spots are even more quickly taken up? Wake up and avoid the problem all together by not dragging their 2 tonne polluter everywhere they go?

Not likely.

La_Tour_Maubourg 6:49 pm 29 Apr 16

Technology already available at the Canberra Centre, Westfield Belconnen and Canberra Airport.
Perhaps the App is the only aspect worth reporting.

The on-street parking system may have an alternative agenda of alerting parking inspectors via WiFi when parking vouchers expire. This particular technology is used in other cities.

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