Curbside Sensor

The city of the future will provide a high degree of connectivity to its inhabitants. Targeting the fast-paced urban traffic environment, the smart meter revolutionizes curbside parking by integrating digital network technologies with existing parking meter infrastructure. Sensors integrated into existing parking meters detect occupancy; parking meters talk with each other in a multihope scheme; drivers will be able to �locate� and �reserve� vacant parking spaces; and the parking space can email you or post a vacancy on a Web page, reducing traffic and saving time and fuel. These new meter functions will lead to new driver interfaces. This project re-thinks the relationship between the users of transit systems (mass-transit and private vehicles) and their surrounding context. A system of communication nodes throughout the urban landscape and within the car forms our vision for a networked city. (Based on previous work by Jeffrey Tsui, Joseph Ho, and Edwin Lau.)