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To digitize or not to digitize parking? That is not the question.

More and more passenger cars are causing more and more disorganization in city parking every year. The automotive industry is growing every year. This is confirmed by world car production, which has almost doubled in the last 16 years.

In May 2021, passenger car registrations in the European Union increased by 53.4% compared to the same period last year, reaching a total of 891,665 units. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, people’s behaviour and patterns have changed in response to the virus as part of a society-wide struggle to slow the spread and level the curve.

 

Data collected from regular public transport users suggests that this will not recover to pre-pandemic levels. From January to May 2021, demand for new cars in the EU increased by 29.5% to a total of 4.3 million registered units.

With the growing number of cars, the confusion with parking in cities is also growing. Although Slovakia is not one of the leading countries in terms of total production, it ranks first in the world in the number of cars produced per 1,000 inhabitants. Citizens of the capital Bratislava have to face inefficient parking on a sidewalk every day, which negatively affects pedestrians. In many parts of the city, parents with prams or the disabled have to get on the road because of parked cars, which is extremely dangerous. The new regulation banning parking on sidewalks in Bratislava will come into force on March 1, 2022. However, traffic analyst Ján Bazovský sees a major problem, especially in the capital after March 1. “I don’t know where the tens of thousands of vehicles on the sidewalk will move now,” he says.

Removing parking spaces will increase the quality of life for pedestrians in certain parts of the city, but will not solve the problem of already limited parking spaces.

There seems to be no other way to improve the lives of people in cities, such as the application of smart solutions.

 

  • It is necessary to think about the possibility of sharing parking spaces,
  • it is necessary to know exactly where the free parking spaces are,
  • it is necessary to be able to reserve a place for a specific time and the city must have accurate information about what is happening on the street.

All this will not be possible without digitizing parking.

Fleximodo – Digital parking is a solution that can solve any of these areas.

  • It gives the driver and the municipality an overview of the situation in the city.
  • It saves time and emissions. 
  • It prevents collisions, as the driver knows where he wants to go. 

However, in such a new system, the municipality must also be able to ensure adequate enforceability so that the rules are respected and the new system brings the desired effect. Learn more about parking innovations at Fleximodo.com

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