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Method and System for Optimizing Usage of Parking Lot Spaces based on Driver Preferences

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233938D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 47K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for dynamically pre-booking one or more parking spots for a group of vehicles. The method and system rearranges/defragments an available parking space based on one or more location preferences and one or more group preferences specified by one or more drivers of the group of vehicles.

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Method and System for Optimizing Usage of Parking Lot Spaces based on Driver Preferences

Disclosed is a method and system for dynamically pre-booking one or more parking spots for a group of vehicles. The method and system rearranges/defragments an available parking space based on one or more location preferences and one or more group preferences specified by one or more drivers of the group of vehicles.

In an implementation, the method and system assumes a parking garage that allows one or more drivers to book one or more parking spots in advance. The one or more drivers can book the one or more parking spots either online or at a kiosk. The method and system allows the one or more drivers to specify one or more location preferences as well as one or more group preferences while booking the one or more parking spots. The one or more group preferences can include a preference to travel as part of group which includes one or more other vehicles. If the one or more drivers are travelling in a group, one of the one or more drivers in the group is provided a key that identifies the group. The key can then be used by other drivers in the group for booking the one or more parking spots.

The method and system assigns the one or more parking spots to the one or more drivers based on the one or more location preferences. The method and system also calculates a distance between each available parking spot and the one or more preferred locations. The distance that is used for determining the one or more parking spots is the travel distance for the one or more drivers to reach the destination. For a group reservation, the method and system calculates distance for each of the vehicles in the group and picks a spot that is closer to most of the vehicles in the group. The method and system then assigns one or more reservation codes to the one or more drivers. The one or more reservation codes can be, but need not be limited to, a paper slip, an email, a text message, and an electronic ticket. Later, when the one or more drivers enter the parking garage for parking one or more vehicles, the method and system assigns the one or more parking spots to the one or more drivers. Th...