Parking-Cruising Caused Congestion & Targeting Public Mitigation Investments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5715C10025
Agency Tracking Number: 142FH2008
Amount: $149,824.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 142FH2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5714RSBIR2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-02-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-09-20
Small Business Information
362 Guys Run Road, Cheswick, PA, 15024
DUNS: 792306966
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Barlow
 Vice President of Engineering
 (412) 491-7179
Business Contact
 Stephen Smith
Title: President
Phone: (412) 414-8436
Research Institution
Drivers searching extensively for parking, a behavior known as cruising, leads to excess congestion and pollution. Many smart parking interventions have attempted to address this issue in recent years. However, the problem of effectively detecting and measuring cruising remains largely unsolved. We propose to develop a low cost approach to automatic detection of cruising behavior using dense networks of Bluetooth AVI sensors combined with parking occupancy prediction. Bluetooth AVI sensors are widely used for travel time measurement on freeways and arterials, as most new vehicles contain Bluetooth devices that can be passively detected and tracked across multiple stationary sensors. We will extend these techniques to urban environments for vehicle route reconstruction and travel time measurement. Cruising routes are sufficiently distinct from normal travel routes, so we will develop a classifier to reliably classify vehicles as traveling or cruising. To strengthen the classifier, parking occupancy information and payment events from parking kiosks will be correlated with routes. Improved prediction of parking occupancy from transactional data is also proposed..

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