Smart parking, smarter cities, EVs and taxis…

October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you drive, at some point, you gotta park. Siemens is leading a smart-parking project in Braunschweig, Germany, using the Streetline Inc. ‘Parker’ smartphone app to make available real-time information on space availability, and to track parking patterns and habits to inform City parking policy. Drivers will be able to remotely monitor how much time is left on the meters and to pay remotely. Sensors and networking kit will be installed in selected areas. Similar schemes using the Streetline app are ready underway in Reno, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Washington DC, reports Green Car Congress.

  • Learn more about this kind of tech at the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Smarter Cities show in Leeds, 9th/10th November at the City Museum and part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science; details here.
  • A small trial fleet of EVs is going into operation at Heathrow Airport, to be used by Heathrow Airport Limited, British Airways, LSG SkyChefs andGate Gourmet in their on-site duties. The fleet includes the Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iOn, Vauxhall Ampera and Renault Kangoo ZE, and whilst it ain’t going to solve the problem of aeronautical CO2 emissions, it’s a step in a positive direction, surely… There are around 700 electric tugs (the little trucks that pull the baggage trolleys) already in use at the airport, and consultants to the programme see the potential for electric cargo loaded and pushback tractors as well.
  • Who’s mourning the death of Manganese Bronze and the particulate-spewing black-cab taxis? Not Hilton at Autocar; I certainly don’t agree with him on everything (or indeed, share his politics) but he does make a good point in that, whilst attention may be focused on reducing C02, you can’t ignore the local effects of other pollutants and their contribution to air quality.
  • And on a similar note: London minicab firm Green Tomato Cars is buying a fleet of 50 all-electric BYD E6 estates. Zero tailpipe emissions. These 75kW five-seaters have a range of 186 miles, can do 87mph and will go into action next spring. Hopefully they’ll go south of the river without whinging, as well…
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