The Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Taiwan’s Central Region Branch Office, Freeway Bureau, has been taking the lead in implementing an e-parking system for the increased parking needs in the country.
The weekend or holiday traffic usually witnesses a high demand for parking at several highway rest areas. This new system will help counter the parking stress at various rest areas at the time of public holidays while also improving the rate of turnover for service area parking.
Apparently, the smart parking directions system deployed at Nantou Service Area had been certified after about 1.5 months of testing and verification. TUV Rheinland had held around 42 real vehicle testing as well as verification tasks, involving the recognition of license plate, eTAG detection, software and hardware functionality, vehicle search functions and parking capacity monitoring.
The system had been validated against project conditions and subsequently given a certificate of conformity on May 14. The two parties had been represented by Kevin Wu, Mobility Service of TUV Rheinland’s Vice General Manager and Huan-Ju Peng, Director of CRBO at the certification ceremony.
E-parking system’s main purpose is to aid the drivers in securing open parking spaces and be able to find their cars faster as compared to earlier when it was time consuming. There is a considerable difference between Nantou Service Area’s e-parking system and the traditional services as the former is capable of not only gauging the traffic volumes but also instantly take another route and balance the traffic depending on the parking capacity.
The vehicles can be easily directed to sectors that are suitable, so they do not crowd close to the retail area, cause traffic jams at certain intersections, or even stop at the non-parking areas while other drivers try to look for parking.
An e-parking system for outdoors can be tougher to design compared to the indoor ones that are mostly found in high rises or department stores.