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Smart parking trial coming to Manuka

By Canfan - 24 September 2015 22

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The ACT Government will next year introduce a smart parking trial in Manuka, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced today. 

Barr says the smart parking technology will save time, reduce traffic delays and provide “a better overall user experience”.

“Drivers will be able to use a smart phone app, as well as intelligent, real-time traffic signs, to be guided to an available parking space. Real-time information on parking congestion will be captured through in-ground sensors and relayed to the app and signs,” he says. 

Just don’t use that smart phone app while driving, Rioters…

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Smart parking trial coming to Manuka
Postalgeek 4:35 pm 24 Sep 15

I always find a spot in Manuka. I just go into the multi-storey car park.

Observing 4:19 pm 24 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Maya123 said :

JimboJones said :

Seems like a good idea in my opinion.

@Maya123 – So should we just stop coming up with new ideas because of a bunch of old codgers who are too set in their own ways?

Or find, on limited income, the plans to use these phones too expensive. Last time I checked, a cheap phone with only calls and text, was much cheaper than using a phone with apps. Yes, I meet your definition of ‘old codger’, because I find the plans for using apps too expensive.

$19/month and you can drop your landline?

You can get a smart phone and be on a plan that gives you enough data to use these parking apps? Not that I want to sound dubious, but if that exists, I’m swapping to this plan. I don’t have a smart phone and pay $19 per month. I do get a small token amount of data with the plan but it wouldn’t be enough to use a smart phone with it.

Otherwise, if you do end up paying a lot per month to find a car park in Canberra, it will only advantage the well off or less discerning people when it comes ot money.

Maya123 3:03 pm 24 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Maya123 said :

JimboJones said :

Seems like a good idea in my opinion.

@Maya123 – So should we just stop coming up with new ideas because of a bunch of old codgers who are too set in their own ways?

Or find, on limited income, the plans to use these phones too expensive. Last time I checked, a cheap phone with only calls and text, was much cheaper than using a phone with apps. Yes, I meet your definition of ‘old codger’, because I find the plans for using apps too expensive.

$19/month and you can drop your landline?

Maybe I should check again, because last time I looked it was about $50. My plan at present is less than that, but it doesn’t give much data, so I only use it to make phone calls and send texts, unless wifi is available. I will need to keep the landline though, as in much of my house I can’t get a mobile signal.

rubaiyat 2:28 pm 24 Sep 15

Maya123 said :

JimboJones said :

Seems like a good idea in my opinion.

@Maya123 – So should we just stop coming up with new ideas because of a bunch of old codgers who are too set in their own ways?

Or find, on limited income, the plans to use these phones too expensive. Last time I checked, a cheap phone with only calls and text, was much cheaper than using a phone with apps. Yes, I meet your definition of ‘old codger’, because I find the plans for using apps too expensive.

$19/month and you can drop your landline?

rubaiyat 2:26 pm 24 Sep 15

How about ACTION buses has an App that actually uses the GPS data that they are using to locate the buses.

Commuters can then tell how far away the buses are, if they are in fact coming.

The current Apps just use the timetables, which sometimes bear little to no resemblance to what is happening, particularly if the service has been cancelled for lack of a driver or some other reason.

This would be one huge improvement in delivery to customers.

JimboJones 2:20 pm 24 Sep 15

Maya123 said :

I should have added though, that I usually cycle to Manuka, so parking isn’t an issue.

Likewise, I cycle just about everywhere. The idea of having to use a phone app while driving is fundamentally flawed in my opinion though he intelligent real time signage sounds interesting

Maya123 1:24 pm 24 Sep 15

Maya123 said :

JimboJones said :

Seems like a good idea in my opinion.

@Maya123 – So should we just stop coming up with new ideas because of a bunch of old codgers who are too set in their own ways?

Or find, on limited income, the plans to use these phones too expensive. Last time I checked, a cheap phone with only calls and text, was much cheaper than using a phone with apps. Yes, I meet your definition of ‘old codger’, because I find the plans for using apps too expensive.

I should have added though, that I usually cycle to Manuka, so parking isn’t an issue.

Maya123 1:20 pm 24 Sep 15

JimboJones said :

Seems like a good idea in my opinion.

@Maya123 – So should we just stop coming up with new ideas because of a bunch of old codgers who are too set in their own ways?

Or find, on limited income, the plans to use these phones too expensive. Last time I checked, a cheap phone with only calls and text, was much cheaper than using a phone with apps. Yes, I meet your definition of ‘old codger’, because I find the plans for using apps too expensive.

No_Nose 1:16 pm 24 Sep 15

JimboJones said :

So should we just stop coming up with new ideas because of a bunch of old codgers who are too set in their own ways?

That seemed to be the policy of our recent Prime Minister on everything! It really didn’t work out too well for him there did it.

Zan 12:59 pm 24 Sep 15

Maya123 said :

So, the users of smart phone apps, the young and fittest, and least needy to use a car, except in their own minds, will be more likely to find the parking spots, while the older, less physical able, who likely don’t have apps on their phones, will find a parking spot harder to get. Brilliant idea!

As an older person who does not use a smart phone, this is what will happen for sure. But maybe they can colour code some parking areas as gray (or grey) for us oldies only?

damien haas 12:56 pm 24 Sep 15

The Belconnen Community Council made a submission to this program. It isn’t all about smart phones, it is largely about using technology to maximise existing parking.

Link to submission is here: http://belcouncil.org.au/smart-parking-trial-commences/

JimboJones 12:54 pm 24 Sep 15

Seems like a good idea in my opinion.

@Maya123 – So should we just stop coming up with new ideas because of a bunch of old codgers who are too set in their own ways?

Maya123 11:44 am 24 Sep 15

So, the users of smart phone apps, the young and fittest, and least needy to use a car, except in their own minds, will be more likely to find the parking spots, while the older, less physical able, who likely don’t have apps on their phones, will find a parking spot harder to get. Brilliant idea!

Nilrem 10:37 am 24 Sep 15

So, If you get booked for using your phone while driving, can you plea in mitigation that you were using a government app?

Jenny Tiffen 9:57 am 24 Sep 15

Yay for Manuka! Manuka needs to be doing some more innovating things to match Braddon at the moment. Although… Braddon parking is a nightmare so I am guessing this system {if it rocks} should go there next! Can you book a spot? How good would that be 🙂

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