E-Parking: An Electronic Parking Service Using Wireless Networks

E-Parking: An Electronic Parking Service Using Wireless Networks

Gongjun Yan (Indiana University, USA), Stephan Olariu (Old Dominion University, USA), Weiming Yang (Old Dominion University, USA) and Danda B. Rawat (Old Dominion University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-765-4.ch007
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Abstract

The advantage of this parking system, from the drivers’ point of view, is the best quality of service. The drivers will be informed the detailed information, i.e. the vacant parking slots and the route to the slot. The drivers can park without searching slots. The parking process is a non-stop experience. From the investor’s view, the electronic parking system proposed in the chapter is an efficient system in utilization of slots and the maintenance cost. More importantly, it is more profitable.
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Cassady et al. address strategies for selecting a “good” parking space. (Cassady & Kobza, 1998). A “good” parking space is defined in three aspects: the walking time of a driver, the driving time, and the time to reach the front door. A probabilistic approach is used to evaluate the three “good” performance metrics. This method used in this chapter does not help to reduce slot searching time and the slot utilization on a macro-level. Besides, Cassady assumes the drivers' knowledge of space availability. This assumption is strong in a conventional parking system. In our proposal, a probabilistic approach is used to evaluate the misparking behavior. Then we proposed a new parking system that can eliminate the misparking.

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