Described here – in English, Estonian and Russian. Available only to EMT customers. Picture of Tallinn because I couldn’t face another parking meter picture.
Here – again, with video, and a brief reference to a partner company Streetline. Again, I understand that a lot of carbon emissions come from drivers looking for a place to park, so making it easier for them to find spaces reduce their overall emissions.
But it also makes the experience of driving into the city more predictable, and all-round nicer – one of the reasons why I never ever drive into the city any more is the likelihood that I won’t find parking. Making it easier to find parking acts as a virtual increase in the number of parking spaces, but arguably cities should be reducing the number of parking spaces so as to encourage more sustainable modes of transport.
So the Bay city has been making some of the running in ICT-enabled mobility lately. Here’s another one – a smart parking application, using mapping and M2M.
The sustainability benefit is the reduction in all the wasted energy and carbon emissions caused by people driving around looking for places to park; the project home page estimates 30% of all driving, and I have heard higher estimates. The obvious rebound is the journeys that now get made which might not have, because the journeyer now knows that they can definitely find parking.