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Author Archives: JVH

About JVH

John Van Horn is founder, editor and publisher of Parking Today Magazine. His background prior to his decade with PT was nearly 20 years in the parking business marketing parking revenue control equipment. After receiving a BA from UCLA, he served in the Army three years during the Vietnam era, ran a small country weekly newspaper, and then worked in marketing and sales in the access control and security fields. He writes about parking daily and has spoken before professional groups in China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Abu Dhabi, and Brazil, He has addressed parking groups in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington DC. He has two sons, JT and Andy. JT and his wife, Francine and daughter, Ashley, live in Puyallup, near Seattle, and Andy and his wife, Karen, and daughter, Shing, live in Los Angeles. JVH and wife Robyn live in West Los Angeles with dog, Suki and cat, Brackets

Just what do we have to fear from Autonomous Vehicles?

Uber and Lyft have already delt a blow to airport, hotel, and valet parking. But it seems that more traditional parking operations are not suffering. So with what senario will autonomous vehicles deal a slashing blow to the parking industry? … Continue reading

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It’s the Uncertainty

Why did the economy stall and stumble during the Obama years and yet take off like a rocket upon Trump’s election. Many wags say that it’s the uncertainty factor. That is, if businesses know what is coming down the pike, … Continue reading

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Is it Autonomous or Not?…Las Vegas Shuttle Fender Bender

The City of Las Vegas is testing a self driving shuttle to take folks around its iconic downtown area. The shuttle carries about a dozen people and travels a six tenths of a mile circuit with four stops. It has … Continue reading

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PIE Keynote Says, “Don’t Be A Jerk”

Zach Hall will open the Parking Industry Exhibition 2018 by telling his audience about the “Art of Talking to Strangers.” Hall just published his first book, “Don’t Sleep on Planes” and he is traveling the world entertaining and igniting conferences … Continue reading

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Are You Afraid? Are You Prepared? – Smart Parking/Smart Cities is Coming

  What keeps you awake at night? Is it fear of the unknown, concern about your preparedness, that burrito you had for dinner? Smart Parking and the Smart Cities tsunami might be lurking in your subconscious. Wait! You say. I … Continue reading

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY January 2018 Issue of Parking Today

Does your company have technology that is just seeing the light of day? Is it ready for the marketplace? Let’s feature it in the January 2018 issue of Parking Today. The deadline is December 1, 2017.  For Details and specifics … Continue reading

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Futurist Malcolm Gladwell Agrees with Moi!

I have posited that the adoption of driverless vehicles may be more difficult and take longer than predicted. Best selling author and futurist Malcolm Gladwell agrees. You can read the article we posted on Parknews.biz here. Gladwell makes three points. … Continue reading

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Just Because Someone Says it, Does it make it True?

Inrix does some fantastic things with its technology. I can get from here to there quicker because of them. They also collect data about traffic and how much time we spend in traffic. That is useful data for cities to … Continue reading

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Everything that can go wrong, does – Murphy was an optimist

We have settled in to our new digs and getting used to the parking operation. We have cards to let us in and out, visitors pull tickets and pay on exit. We can validate.  All should be right with the … Continue reading

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The Finest Parking System on the Planet

A friend of mine walked into my office the other day and started to rant and rave about a parking location he knew about that was a disaster. A ‘system’ had been installed and the result was angry parkers, lawsuits … Continue reading

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