Pittsburgh, PA - If you oversee any sort of parking structure, or are in charge of city on-street parking, you’ve probably wondered how autonomous vehicles would pay for parking in your zone. And if you’ve been paying attention to Tesla’s recent “robotaxi” network announcement, you might be starting to get a little nervous about how you’ll be able to accommodate “over 1 million robo-taxis” by the end of 2020.
You’re not alone. Cities across the United States and across the world are scrambling to figure out how autonomous vehicles will change the curb. The common misconception is that robo-cars like Teslas will never stop to pay for parking ever again because they could just keep driving. That simply isn’t true, as the cost associated with driving all day is much higher than picking a dynamic parking space. Not to mention that cities will not allow more congestion on their streets when parking is available and affordable.
The truth is, you as a parking manager will have to guide these autonomous vehicles to the best parking for the best price thousands of times per day. You need to have dynamic pricing models that encourage efficient curb utilization. If you don’t, the cars will find somewhere else to pay that’s cheaper. And you can’t wait any longer. States across the US are making it legal for autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads.
You need a curb management solution like MeterFeeder to handle this. MeterFeeder’s new Pay-By-Vehicle technology allows autonomous vehicles to find and pay for parking without any human interaction. That’s parking revenue deposited directly to your account without interaction from any humans. MeterFeeder integrates with existing traditional parking solutions or can provide its own app and enforcement kits.
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