Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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No escaping parking wardens and spies in the skies for motorists of the future...

No escaping parking wardens and spies in the sky for motorists of the future...

First published at Qondio:

Motorists could be charged for parking without the need for buying tickets from roadside meters, it has recently been revealed.

But on the flipside, however,they could be financially rewarded for avoiding peak-hour congestion nominated roads.

A former Auckland City Council transport chairman advised that the next generation wireless traffic technology, used to some extent in Europe and Japan already, costing NZ $6.5 billion dollars and named "Galileo" will be in place by 2013. The European satelitte system will be much faster and more accurate, allowing New Zealand and other countries to revolutionise their traffic monitoring.

The Galileo network, built by the European Union and the European Space Agency, will provide more detailed location information than the Global Positioning System (GPS) developed by the US. It has been described as the next generation GPS.

The Galileo would send precise information to an electronic device carried by the driver, such as a mobile phone. At the same time a smart sticker or computer chip stuck on the windscreen would confirm registration details with the electronic device.

That device would "tell" the city council computer where the vehicle was parked. A parking charge would then be sent by the council to the electronic device, which the driver would approve before completion of the transaction. If the driver parked longer than charged for, it could be adjusted automatically.

While there are no radical parking charges considered, economies of scale under the new Auckland super city being created this year, would undoubtably make centralised traffic controls more attractive.

Acknowledgements: Peter Petterson

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