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Device for controlling parking spaces allocation in a parking lot

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000210486D
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-06
Document File: 5 page(s) / 53K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a device and system which allows a driver/customer to more efficiently find a parking space through interacting with a liquid crystal display touch screen to view and select desirable and available parking spaces before entering the parking lot (or series of parking lots). This reduces the amount of time a customer spends driving around a parking lot searching for a space, which, in turn, reduces the level of harmful emissions from their car.

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Device for controlling parking spaces allocation in a parking lot

In most of the parking lots, a driver must drive around looking for a free parking space. The amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere increases because there are more cars fighting for fewer parking spaces. A method is needed to assist a driver to more quickly find a parking space, therefore reducing air pollutants.

Known solutions and drawbacks


In the literature, there are some patents and products to address this same problem:
• Method of electronically reserving a space for parking a vehicle. [1] The invention consists of reserving the parking space electronically, by means of cell phone or the Internet. The disclosed method reserves the parking space at the time of entrance, where the person may choose the parking space among those available, or, if the parking spaces chosen are occupied, they will be able to wait for the system to show an available place through the device.

• Parking lot guidance system and program. [2] This will most likely cause a stressful situation given that two or more people may arrive at the same time to the parking space available.

• Intelligent Parking. [3] This will most likely cause a stressful situation given that two or more people may arrive at the same time to the parking space available.

• Intelligent Parking Fee Pay System. [4]
• Intelligent Car Searching System. [5]
• Parking guidance information system. [6] This will most likely cause a stressful situation given that two or more people may arrive at the same time to the parking space available.

None of the inventions make the customer/driver able to accept/reject/propose a new parking space after the system assigns one to them.

The disclosed invention dispenses a device that makes the customer able to interact with the system while they are driving to the parking space, and to accept/reject/propose a new parking space on the fly.

With this invention, at the parking lot entrance, the customer chooses the area in which they want to park. The system then looks for a free parking space and dispenses a simple device that contains a small liquid crystal display (LCD) screen and a few control buttons, and a main menu on the top right corner (to accept and/or reject the parking space assigned by the system and to indicate directions). If there is no parking space available at that moment, then this device indicates so and, as soon as a parking space is available, it alerts the customer and provides the directions. None of the current art provides this capability.

The components and process for customer interaction for the invention include:
(For illustration purposes, the invention functions in the context of a mall parking lot.)
1. A machine housing the invention located at the entrance of the parking lot. (Figure 1)

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2. An LCD screen (2''-4'' in size) showing information about the parking area, including a map of the mall divided into sections (e.g., A, B...