Carnegie Mellon University

Monitoring Parking Space Availability

Multimodal Computing and Interaction

By Alexander Hauptmann

This project will improve the customer parking experience and utilization of available parking spaces by monitoring vehicles entering and leaving a parking area, and directing drivers to available parking spots through public displays or a smart phone app. The project initially will assess accuracy of different parking space monitoring approaches under different conditions (visibility, temperatures and precipitation), as well as establishing life-cycle costs, including estimates of maintenance expenses and durability of the sensors. To minimize requirements for installation of new wires, each sensor will wirelessly communicate with a base station to update the parking space occupancy information. We will concurrently build a system for displaying available parking spaces on a map and a navigational guidance app for smart-phones.