Exploring the Future of Parking in a World of New Technologies
MONTREAL, QC --Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) of Canada hosted a workshop in Montreal on November 27, 2018 to bring together local government, industry experts, and key stakeholders, to explore rapid advancements in automobile technology, freight delivery, pedestrian mobility, and cycling infrastructure.
“Never before have we seen, in one workshop, all the moving parts between parking and transportation mobility laid out so clearly,” said Richard B. Easley, President, E-Squared Engineering and Transportation Research Board Committee Chairman.
Experts and non-experts alike can predict that autonomous vehicles will create a huge impact on the supply and demand for parking. But less obvious are the effects of dockless bikes, e-scooters, and other bike share technologies. Freight delivery, car share services, and ride hailing is rapidly evolving, creating changes in the way curbside parking needs to be managed.
“Hopefully in the near future, emerging technology will provide to cities a single platform which manages all the rules of the curb,” said Charles Auger, General Manager of Société en commandite Stationnement de Montréal.
Electric vehicles will create a need to reconsider the infrastructure needed to support vehicle charging both on and off street. In addition, new sensor technologies and mobile apps are revolutionizing the way that drivers find their parking – including real-time adaptation to changes in supply.
ITS Canada Director Michael De Santis observed, “Today, Parking involves multiple stakeholders, and only by adopting a holistic approach can we develop sustainable solutions where innovation and technology play a key role.”
ITS Canada is the national thought leader on applying advanced technologies to Canadian transportation challenges, by actively supporting the use of intelligent transportation, advocating its benefits, and providing the necessary tools and platforms for collaboration amongst industry, agencies, academia, and government.