BMW has announced plans to show their latest research project in the 2015 TU-Automotive Detroit Convention called Dynamic Parking Prediction. The project aims to make finding parking spaces easier by using a special algorithm.
“There is a clear demand from customers living in large cities for a system capable of predicting on-street parking availability. Through its collaboration with INRIX, the BMW Group aims to continue setting the benchmark in urban mobility into the future." said Martin Hauschild, BMW's Head of Traffic Technology and Traffic Management.
BMW will demonstrate this new technology with an i3 prototype. The company says the system works by relying on parking data and detailed map of public parking spaces to calculate the number of empty spots in a given area. The information is then shown on a digital map so drivers can find the closest parking space with the most slots available. Initial tests with the prototypes have already been done in Munich. The system is self-learning and can therefore be adapted to other cities as well.