Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Trying to find a free parking spot can be difficult, especially for those who live in large cities. Some solutions that have tried to solve this have surfaced over the years, but Bosch has a new method that seems the most practical — it involves sensors placed in parking spots. When the spot is empty, the sensor flags the parking space as free in related software that drivers can use.

The Bosch sensor looks sort of like a hockey puck, and is placed on the ground within a parking spot. It is part of an active parking lot management system, and keeps track of the occupancy status of parking spots. The sensors measure in at about 1.2 inches tall, and are powered by batteries.

Due to the battery powered and overall wireless design, a full parking deck can be fitted with the system within a single day. The batteries won't require changing for seven years; the operator is able to view the charge levels at any time. In addition, the sensors are weather proof and can handle being run over by heavy cars.

On the driver's side of things, he or she is able to view the parking spots via a mobile app or web portal, seeing what is available when they arrive. The spots can be filtered for more precise needs, such as disabled parking spots or large size spots, or spots that are free. The data gathered from this system over time can also be used by operators to refine their car decks.

SOURCE: Gizmag