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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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MARKET LAUNCH CONUNDRUM FOR AUTONOMOUS-‘DRIVERLESS’ VEHICLES

The Parking Industry Exhibition’s Seminars are as current as today’s headlines. How will driverless vehicles affect parking and your bottom line.

PMRC’s Dale Denda will review the ‘state of the technology’ of Autonomous-‘Driverless’ Vehicles/ADV from the parking industry’s perspective. This overview evaluates ADV technology based on expert opinion and provides a basic framework for analysis of the issue going forward. Particular emphasis is placed on details of how and why ADV is expected to work versus the reality of today’s market place.

A principal question, beyond the status of the emerging Federal regulatory framework, will be addressed: To what extent positive externalities created by ADV technologies in terms of life- saving potential will create a market failure for the system?

Mr. Denda co-founded PMRC over 25 years ago, The company is a uniquely positioned market research organization devoted solely to providing real time market intelligence and the study of trends, activity and quantification of the U.S. parking market.

Join us in Chicago March 5-8.

JVH

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YES!!!!!

PIE 2017 will cause you to conclude and think, “I can start using this immediately! Sold!” pieshow.parkingtoday.com

 

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PROVIDING REAL TIME PARKING INFORMATION FOR YOUR SHOPPING CENTER CUSTOMERS – THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT.

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Do you have a large free parking area surrounding a shopping center or business complex. How do you let your customers know where to park? And let them know where they left their car? This presentation is how one owner developed their own system to communicate with their customers.

Presented by : Jan Schulte, Head of International Business Development, Cleverciti Systems GmbH, Stephanie Brager, SVP,Asset management, General Growth Properties, Justin Edwards, General Growth Properties, Alex Israel, General Manager & Vice President of Parking, INRIX

Jan Schulte is Head of Internationals Business Development for Cleverciti Systems, responsible for North America, Middle East and UK. Official advisor to the board of World Parking Symposium in Toronto. Jan holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Lugano, Switzerland.Jan has over 10 years experience in international sales and management experience with companies like Amazon, Digital River or Flixmedia, in the UK and Germany.

Stephanie Brager, Senior Vice President of Asset Management for GGP, is responsible for the East half of the portfolio totaling more than 60 retail properties and office buildings. She also leads GGP’sparking initiative to create standards and programming to improve the parking experience. GGP is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. Stephanie has worked for GGP for nearly 20 years at both the retail property and corporate levels.

Justin Edwards works within the Special Projects Team under National Operations at General Growth Properties. Focus being the planning and executing of large scale projects throughout the GGP Portfolio. To include property Redevelopments, Capital Improvements, and Parking Enhancement Projects.

Alex Israel leads INRIX’s parking division, where he works to develop end- to-end parking solutions for cities, automakers, and drivers. INRIX, is the leading global provider of real-time traffic information and connected driving services. Previously, Alex co-founded ParkMe, a leading global provider of parking data, which was acquired in 2015 by INRIX to add parking intelligence to its solutions.

Parking Industry Exhibition, March 5-8  Hyatt Regency O’hare, Rosemont, IL

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Hmmmmm!!!

PIE 2017 will make you pause and think, “This is too good to ignore” pieshow.parkingtoday.com

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NPA Winter Leadership Conference

I”ve been in Scottsdale, AZ, attending the NPA Winter Leadership Conference.  About one hundred NPA members are at the Four Seasons Resort for a few days of seminars, networking, and fellowship.

The majority of attendees are parking equipment manufacturers with only about 20 out of the 100 parking operators.   One vendor commented to me that there is a crowd around each operator as vendors vie for face time to develop relationships that can be turned later into sales.

Had a great dinner last night with Mike Bigbee, Jeff and Marcy Sparrow, Jeff Pinyot, Kevin Uhlenhaker, and Kathleen and David Laney. The stories ranged from swimming at Victoria Falls in Africa to growing Kale in parking garages.

More seminars today and a Cowboy themed reception and dinner this evening.

JVH

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New Android App Predicts Ease/Difficulty of Finding Parking

Some of us rely on common sense and experience to predict parking challenges. We strategize arrival times, head for favorite streets and do our best to avoid parking hassles. It doesn’t always work. There are things we can’t factor like events we’re not aware of and road work we never heard about. Enter Google Maps. The app already offers directions and real-time traffic data. Now it can give users an idea how hard or easy it will be to park if they’re traveling within the cities included in the app’s coverage.

Those areas include San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, the DC area, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento. In other words, a lot of the major cities in the U.S. are covered.

According to engadget.com, the app, which was released earlier in January, uses historical data to offer easy, medium or limited ratings for parking in various areas. So far, they’ve gathered data for a list of the country’s most crowded cities, with others to follow in the future.

I’d like to know how often information is gathered for this app. Because the app uses “historical data,” I am curious about how its accuracy compares to my own estimates when it comes to places I visit frequently. If I’m there twice a week and Google Maps only updates its parking measurements once a month, my information is going to be better. As for places I rarely or never go, this app would be very helpful, especially when I’m traveling.

What could be a great tool for the parking industry is the application of this data to parking prices and parking development. Free research at your fingertips from Google Maps.

Read the article here.

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