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LABCITIES
5 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Can you relate to this? You find that one elusive parking spot — and as you are backing up, another car sneaks in. A study conducted last month in the U.K. found that more than half of British drivers suffer from stress when they cannot find a parking space. Probably all drivers in major towns and cities everywhere could relate to parking stress. You would think that this modern day scourge could be addressed with IoT.

In theory, it should be simple. Smart parking sensors would be able to flag vacant parking spots to motorists on an application, such as Google Maps, Waze or Apple Maps, as they enter a town or city. Parking would be a breeze! Not so. As things stand, motorists are still far from finding a remedy for their parking headaches. The smart parking use case is a prime example of a problem holding back IoT’s full potential.