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Transport competition winner: Predikt

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One significant problem that travellers in the UK face is finding available parking, particularly within cities, where spaces are limited and often may not meet the exact needs of the driver, either in terms of cost or location.

There are three important questions that every motorist has to ask as they plan a journey: Where do I park? Is there a space? How do I pay? 

The eight minutes on average it takes every day to find a space in a city like Birmingham are part of life’s everyday irritations, but they also cost the economy an estimated £373 million every year in wasted time, fuel and emissions. 

Additionally, the SMMT estimates congestion for vans alone costs the UK economy over £6.5 billion annually. Transport is key to a successful economy and therefore availability of real-time, valuable information is vital.

Predikt is the first commercial parking proposition in the UK that uses 5G technology. Through an app, drivers will be able to rely on accurate predictions and 3D mapping that will highlight the best parking options for them, before they set off on their journey.

Predikt will cut-down journey times by providing a scalable, accurate and reliable, predictive availability solution. An industry estimate shows this could cut up to 30% of journey times and miles driven in city centres, saving time, money and helping the environment by reducing time spent circling to find a space.

Predikt will do this by equipping multiple vehicles with the capability to transfer availability data simultaneously and in real time via dash cam imagery. Using connected vehicles, rather than individual bay sensors, is a significantly more efficient way to capture the availability of the kerbside. 

This method however, places substantial pressure on the technology Predikt uses to collate the parking data as the solution is reliant on the transfer and analytics of multiple large image files. But with 5G, Predikt can address the issue of data transfer latency. Handling the high demand this places on the network is only possible using the greater bandwidth 5G provides.

The imagery could also be used to derive more data analytics, such as traffic conditions, obstacle detection, rubbish detection and even real time street surveys. 

Links can also be made with other transport options, such as rail, bikes and scooters. This will make on-street parking more efficient, optimising the city’s revenues, facilitating business, and enhancing the use of a digital kerbside. 

The project starts in September 2020 and runs for just under a year. The results will be seen in the first and second quarters in 2021, hopefully coinciding with cities remerging post Covid-19.

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