A citizen-centric parking payment platform in Austin, Texas, that works with connected vehicles’ in-dash systems and better manages curb space is a lesson for other cities on how to power ahead.
The startup, which offers transportation technology with a focus on parking, has grown very quickly in the past four years. Recently the area of curb management has attracted a lot of attention in the tech world.
Citizens in El Monte, Calif., will be taking advantage of digital signage that reveals the availability of roughly 400 parking spots in the city. The system also includes an app that can help residents plan their travel.
Once an overlooked part of the urban landscape, the curb is now considered hot real estate in many cities. The demands of delivery services, ridesharing and micromobility have cities re-examining how they manage their assets.
Projects to better manage curbsides in several cities continue to mine data used to transform curbsides from a place of uncontrolled parking to a more dynamic flow of delivery and other vehicles.
As part of a pilot project with transportation technology firm Coord, the city has set up five “smart zones” as locations to test technology to better manage the flow of delivery and other traffic on busy curbs.
Cities across the nation have fast-tracked bold moves to expand dining and other business activity into city streets. The repurposing of these public spaces have positive effects that extend beyond simple economics.
Transportation tech company Coord is partnering with several cities to launch a handful of curbside management pilot projects. The urban real estate is much sought after in the age of ride sharing and on-demand deliveries.
The Chicago-based effort will launch a months-long project with private-sector partners like Bosch and HERE Technologies to explore improved approaches to managing increasingly busy city curbs.
Three winners will get access to Coord’s software, apps and APIs, and collaboration from the company’s experts, to deliver a project by the end of the year to make local streets and sidewalks safer or more efficient.