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Baby Named for Parking Lot

Babies don’t agree to stick to any kind of schedule – before (or after) they’re born, so a good number of them seem to make their arrivals in odd places. One common theme for the unexpected delivery is the parking lot. Hospital parking lots get a lot of surprise birth moments as parents do their best to be in the right place at the right time, but fall just a little short. A baby in Jacksonville Beach, Florida recently made his entry in the parking lot of the local hospital, reports abcnews.go.com.

The infant’s parents intended for him to be born in the hospital and had almost made it when it became obvious there was not enough time to get in the doors. Dad played the part of catcher. It all turned out to be a happy experience because the baby arrived healthy and strong and the birth photographer had the wherewithal to do her job despite the quick change of location.

Noah and Lauren Strunk hired Stephanie Knowles to document their son’s delivery and  she was following them to the hospital the night of the birth. When it became clear that he baby was going to be born in the parking lot she wasn’t sure if she should run for boiling water or snap photos. She went ahead and took pictures.

“It went through my head if I should put my camera down and help and then I said, ‘I’m just going to stand back,'” Knowles said. “That was my goal even before, just to stand back and capture the moments, so I just started shooting.”

All is well and baby, who joins 3-year old brother Harrison, has a great birth story he can talk about for the rest of his life – with pictures to prove it. His parents named him for his father and the spot where he was born: Noah Parker van Rhyn Strunk.

See the photos here.

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Someone Agrees, I think

Correspondent Mark send in these comments on the post below re Autonomous Cars. I thought it was important and deserved to be given the light of day:

If  we use the 53,000 number, if we base it on worldwide cars sales for 2016 of between 77 and 88 million ( the statistics vary) then we’re looking at anywhere from 6/100 to 7/100 of 1 % of the worldwide market for the fully autonomous vehicles.  The partially-autonomous    would represent approximately .06% – 1% of the same worldwide market if we assume the $40 billion represents cars that cost 50%-60% of the fully autonomous vehicles.  There will almost certainly be markets where the numbers are significantly higher, and others where they will be on-existent.

Personally I see companies like Amazon, telecommuting, on-line banking and other financial services, home streaming of movies, virtual almost everything and the new/emerging home medical testing business as having a bigger impact on driving and parking over the next 10-15 years.  But that’s just an opinion, and by no means one that I would place any substantial wager on.  Too much is changing too fast to predict what might happen next year, let alone 10 years from now.

The last graph makes sense. Traffic is reduced by technology that allows us to do so many things from our desk at home.  He says its just his opinion, but I think it deserves attention.  The autonomous car market will be an insignificant slice of the overall car market, but the ability of a homemaker to do practically everything without leaving the house it would seem would make a much larger difference to our parking market.

Its changing very quickly. Ignore it at your peril.

JVH

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Autonomous Car — $6 billion market in eight years. Do you believe it. PIE 2017 will give you the answer.

I have received this from my friends at Land Rover. The Brits are very optimistic.  Perhaps more than moi.

Everybody in this world knows what Autonomous Cars are, but for those who don’t here’s the short meaning. Autonomous Car is basically a driverless vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and analysing between different cars and obstacles before reaching its predicted destination without human control. It’s very important to understand the concept of partial and fully Autonomous Vehicles, as the projected size of this Global Autonomous Market by 2025 will be at the peak height. I.e. in 2025 the Market Rate of partially autonomous vehicles will be around $40 Billion and of fully autonomous vehicle it will be around $6 Billion.

Learn everything about Autonomous Cars and its Growth on an imaging infographic created by Get off Road. This infographic explores every single elements of Autonomous Cars, from its history, its engineering, the design of the cars, its manufacturing and testing, what are the future holds for the autonomous car market, which car brands have driving patents for autonomous vehicles and everything else. Understand, the science behind its wheels and how “Sebastian Thrun” and “Anthony Levandowski” created the PRIBOT who went to fetch pizza on its own on its first test. “THE GROWTH OF AUTONOMOUS CAR MARKET” is the detailed presented article to educate you with everything you need to know. Have a look.

Click here

Yes, I know, I published the graphic last week, but I thought the copy above was worth a rehash.

What do you think? Assuming the cars cost $75K each, (probably low) that means by 2025 they will be selling about 53,000 cars that year. If they cost $100K, 40,000.

My friend Dale Denda will give you his learned prediction on the Autonomous Car Market at PIE 2017 Week after next. He doesn’t just pull numbers out of the air, he actually researches it. Get the facts. 

As usual PIE and Parking Today Media are on the cutting edge of industry knowledge.

JVH

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100 Pages of Parking Today

Wow!  I just received my personal copy of my favorite magazine and was shocked SHOCKED at the weight of the journal.  PT February contains 100, count em 100 Pages.

This book is all about the Parking Industry Exhibition:

Those three fine looking chaps on the cover are our keynote speakers, Paul Barter, Michael Houlihan and Mark Goulston. Inside you will find stories about PIE, of course, our regular columnists, and the complete PIE 2017 program.

I assume you have already registered for the event, so this will be a great preview of what is to come. If you haven’t, shame on you. You can redeem yourself by clicking here.

The hotel is filling fast — contact us if you can’t get a room, there are first class accommodations across the street. Above everything else, PIE is about convenience. No half hour hikes to the exhibit hall, no humid weather (it will be cool and crisp), and most of all, you will be hosted by the Parking Today Media team headed by Eric Abel.

See you in Chicago in less than two weeks.

JVH

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Killing them With Kindness

Los Angeles city leaders have voted to pass a resolution called the Community Assistance Parking Program to help the homeless pay off their parking fines, reports laweekly.com. The program allows people who are homeless, but who live in their cars, to perform community service when their cars/homes are ticketed.

The reason these homeless people need a program to help them pay off their tickets is that if they get too many tickets, their cars/homes are towed and then they have to move into the nearest alley. Nobody wants that.

Yesterday’s unanimous council vote means that the department can establish the Community Assistance Parking Program, which will allow homeless folks with as many as 10 citations in a single year (worth up to $1,500) to work off the fines by doing community service.

It’s a generous offer to a group of people who couldn’t pay their fines anyway, seeing as how they can’t afford actual housing, and I say that with 100 pounds of sarcasm.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin created the program, and he probably thinks he’s done a great thing helping the homeless maintain access to the cars they live in. And it does seem like a good approach because even though they are homeless, these individuals shouldn’t also be carless. If they can keep their cars, they can be homeless without living on the streets.

I’m just wondering if that’s the best that can be done.

Read the article here.

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Egad — I”m on the Radio

I was interviewed yesterday by Bernie Wagenblast the editor of several e-publications including the Transportation Communications Newsletter and the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update. He’s also the host of Transportation Radio. You can here the result here:

Parking Industry to Gather at PIE in March

Its a shameless plug for PIE and I love it.  I just have to develop that deep robust voice that carries over the airways like distant thunder.  Oh well, I’ll keep the day job.

JVH

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Infographic — Autonomous Vehicles

I know, what the hell is an infographic. I copied it here so you could get an idea but its too small. Click on the image to see it in all its glory.  Its actually a great representation of where we are with autonomous (that’s self driving) vehicles, their history, the companies actively involved, and the rest.  Wonders of the Iot.

JVH

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Parking Scam Targets Elderly

In the Las Vegas area, criminals are using their acting skills to steal from unsuspecting parkers. At news3LV.com, it’s reported that the perpetrators approach people in parking lots and convince the victims that a fender bender has occurred. The thieves blame the accident on the victims and ask for cash to repair the damage.

One 90-year-old man lost hundreds of dollars because after he gave the criminals all the cash he was carrying he went with them to his ATM  to get more money. That’s when they stole his debit card and pin.

The con-artists sounded convincing. “They pulled up beside me and I rolled down my window and said, ‘what’s the problem?'” he noted. “They said, well, you backed into me,” he continued.

There are a million books on why having a positive attitude makes life better, but in this situation, a healthy dose of suspicion is much better. If someone approaches me in a parking lot I’m going to back up quickly and walk away. No matter how much I might be tempted to get involved in whatever concern they present, the most I’m going to do is go in the store or call the authorities and ask for help.

Further, if someone in a parking lot approaches my window I’m leaving the window up and driving away as fast as I can. I consider any unsolicited approach to be a possible danger. It’s a red flag.

It’s no surprise the perpetrators toarget the elderly. Who else is going to believe they’ve struck another car when they really haven’t?

I don’t think this type of crime is going on in parking lots everywhere and all the time, but I do think signage is in order. After the initial hunt for parking, people switch to passive mode. They stop paying attention to their surroundings and they need to be reminded that that’s a bad idea.

Read the article here.

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Its not just for Big Cities…

OK – Big Data — I get it — but does anyone else. You have all this data, but can you use it to help your parking operation. I have been talking it Mitch Osur at the city of Aspen and find that a small city like Aspen can actually slice and dice the data and then use it to sell and justify changes in the parking program. He has written an article for the March Parking Today and you can preview that article on  Parknews.biz here

What caught my discerning eye was his first paragraph:

I first really learned about Big Data at the PIE show 2016 in Las Vegas, It was talked about in a lot of the seminars I participated in. Then I was lucky enough in the exhibitor area of the show to connect with a company called Smarking. They said they could turn my parking data into useful and presentable information. WOW have they done a great job for the city of Aspen.

OK, its a shameless plug for PIE. We liked Mitch’s pitch so much that we have him speaking at PIE 2017 this year. Register for the event here.

Its going to be even better than I thought.

JVH

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Sold out!

 

 

 

 

The Parking Industry Exhibition 2017 is sold out of booth space.  We do have a waiting list. Sales Director Marcy tells me that we now have 123 exhibiting companies filling 146 boots on the exhibit hall floor. This is an all time record for PIE.  Exhibition director Eric notes that we only have 22 room nights available at the Hyatt Regency.  We do have other hotels available within walking distance.

Register for PIE 2017 today

JVH

 

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