Italy is the second country in Europe for density of cars circulating

In 2014 61 cars per 100 inhabitants circulated in Italy (data from the Autopromotec Observatory in Bologna). Italy is the second country in Europe for the density of cars circulating and is only surpassed by Luxembourg. In Germany there are 51 cars per 100 inhabitants, in France and the United Kingdom 50, in Spain 48.

Solving the parking problem means solving much of the traffic.

Some data

The rise of cars on the roads is worrying: nowadays 37 million cars are traveling, just 15 years ago 30 million and in 1986 stopped at 24 million.

In the Sixties, there were only around 1.9 million, it means the number of cars registered approximately today in one year.

There are so many cars, not only in relation to the roads that are the same since the sixties but also in relation to the surface of our country: if we put together all the machines bodywork in Italy, we would cover a 2480 square kilometers area: as if Milan and Florence were entirely covered with sheet metal.

However, if we have such a high number of cars in circulation and our roads still be managed, there must be a reason: most of them do not circulate.

On average, each of us uses the car for one hour per day. What about the remaining 23 hours? We keep it in the garage for the night, and during the day we park it in some side street, near the office, in the yard of the company, in the parking spaces in front of the station.

If a family will own more than one, the second one occupies roads, narrow streets, squares around the house. Every available space is occupied by cars at stop.

The problem

It is clear now that the problem of the city is not only due to the traffic: the problem to solve is the management of the parked cars.

According to a study by Kodransky and Hermann, (Kodransky M., G. Hermann, in 2011, Europe’s parking U-Turn: from accommodation to regulation, New York), it is estimated that up to 50% of traffic congestion is caused by the driving of motorists in search of available parking space.

Driving looking for a free place carries higher costs for motorists (time and fuel) but also negative consequences for cities, such as increased pollution, noise and accidents.

In Vienna, in districts 6 and 9, the efficient management of the parking places along with an economic mechanism that harmonized tariffs, the city has greatly reduced the parking search time, generating many benefits, including:

  • a decrease in traffic caused by parking searches, from 10 million km/vehicle/year to 3.3;
  • the search time has decreased from 9 to 3 minutes.

The solution

In addition to the data already reported, the important point to note is that parking management with an intelligent parking systems has two benefits from the outset:

  • it is economical: no large investments are required because no new roads are to be built or extra transport systems have to be implemented. It is only to recover or renovate unused parking areas;
  • it is quick: making a parking area with underground sensors has a  fast execution.

That is why it is necessary to implement policies for the parking of cars, the first step to getting revenue that can be used to fund other modes of transport and make cities more smart.

Smart Parking Systems®

A solution to make efficient and profitable the parking management on cities streets.