UK To Introduce Intelligent Parking Systems

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New Technology Set to Revolutionise Parking


The UK will be the first to introduce intelligent parking systems.


Highlighted in the UK Governments ‘Future of Mobility’ paper are proposals for a nationwide rollout of intelligent parking systems.

The rollout will do away with parking-space hunting and pay machines.

The system has successfully been trialled in Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, and Coventry City Council.

The new system aims to streamline the experience and allow councils to:

  • Free up space
  • Ease congestion
  • Boost the high street
  • Take some of the stress out shopping


How It Works

  1. Each bay is fitted with sensors
  2. The driver opens the parking app
  3. The driver chooses the length of their stay
  4. The app tells the driver where a bay is available
  5. Drivers will receive push notifications when their time is coming to an end


The government paper also sets out standardisation of data and programming language to make the app development process easier.



Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis, said:

“We are on the brink of a revolution for the future of transport, with ground-breaking technologies creating huge opportunities for cleaner, cheaper, safer and more reliable journeys.

“We now need to ensure the infrastructure surrounding these technologies is in place and can accommodate these innovations. The new parking data standards will bring government, private organisations and technologies together to ensure a smoother parking experience for drivers.”


Chair of the British Parking Association and Chair of the APDS, Nigel Williams, said:

“The new standards will enable the next generation of apps and connected cars to find a parking space, park and pay – with little or no intervention from the driver. The involvement of the British Parking Association in APDS has ensured that the UK is at the forefront of innovation to improve the customer experience of parking.”


Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak said:

“Hunting for a parking space and then checking if you have the right change to pay for it isn’t the best start to any shopping experience, but it can be the reality more often than not.

“An intelligent parking system will not only make life easier for commuters but could also improve footfall to our town centres – meaning both people and local businesses benefit.


You can read the Future of Mobility Strategy here