Sensors Help LA Create Demand-based Parking Pricing
Los Angeles drivers competing over limited parking spaces are no longer paying the same rate for every space. With the help of a $15 million federal grant, the city rolled out LA Express Park in May 2012 – a program that utilizes sensor technology in parking spaces to determine which parking spaces are the most in demand.
By analyzing data culled from wireless sensor technology in the spaces, the city was able to deploy an algorithm-based “supply and demand” pricing model. Higher rates are charged for more sought-after spaces, while less often used spaces carry cheaper rates, explained Dan Mitchell, senior transportation engineer from the LA Department of Transportation.
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