Parking gizmo invented by Lewes man

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An inventor's new gizmo could signal the end of the road for searching for a parking space.

Adrian Bone from Lewes has produced a ‘parking patch’, a sensor to be placed in parking spaces to detect when they are being used.

The 52-year-old said the invention would “revolutionise the parking industry and could mean the end of traffic wardens forever”.

His company Deteq Solutions has been testing the idea at the Sussex Innovation Centre in Falmer.

After producing a number of prototypes, Mr Bone will pitch the idea to Brighton and Hove City Council next month.

In that meeting he hopes to get the go-ahead to install the 7cm sensors in thousands of car parks and street spaces across the city.

Mr Bone said: “Rather than driving round fruitlessly searching for empty spaces, drivers would be able to check their mobile phones to find where to go. It just makes so much more sense.

“There have been ideas like this before but now the technology exists to make it a reality.”

Under Mr Bone’s system of “dynamic parking”, the devices could record exactly how long motorists are parked and charge the drivers automatically.

The patches would also alert the authorities when drivers have parked illegally or be used to reduce congestion.

Mr Bone said: “Our sensor could even detect whether a person had a permit so the council could send a fine to the vehicle owner rather than paying someone to wander around the streets all day.

“They could see at the click of a button who was parked illegally and it would stop people cheating the system.”

But the inventor said he was worried Brighton and Hove City Council might reject his parking patches because of the initial cost and the fear of lost revenue.

If the council were to give the parking proposal the green light, Mr Bone would charge around £1.8 million to install the sensors on every one of the 35,000 parking spaces in Brighton and Hove.

His company would then charge an annual fee for maintenance and running costs.

But the inventor said the cost to the taxpayer would be recouped before the first year was out.

He said: “The council employs about 80 traffic wardens and pays them about £25,000 a year. That’s £2 million a year saved right away.

“They would actually get more revenue because the sensors could tell them exactly how long people had stayed.

“And the data they get from the sensors would help to set proper parking prices to make sure vacant spaces are used.”

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2:34pm Sun 27 May 12

Marrow Man says...

This sounds like a good, sensible idea. Charging people for the time they park would encourage people to spend as little or as much time in the city as they wished. I think another reason the council might be wary of implementing this is breaching some sort of employment policy that would see 80-odd people lose their job...
This sounds like a good, sensible idea. Charging people for the time they park would encourage people to spend as little or as much time in the city as they wished. I think another reason the council might be wary of implementing this is breaching some sort of employment policy that would see 80-odd people lose their job... Marrow Man
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2:50pm Sun 27 May 12

Stall69 says...

This 'new' invention sounds remarkably similar to the already one being used in LA California : http://la.curbed.com
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This 'new' invention sounds remarkably similar to the already one being used in LA California : http://la.curbed.com /archives/2012/05/he res_how_downtowns_ne w_variable_parking_p ricing_works.php Stall69
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3:14pm Sun 27 May 12

djjaykey says...

The problem with this is that if someone is parked in a permit holders space who doesn't have a permit, however has a visitors permit then they would get a fine. However the general idea is a good one
The problem with this is that if someone is parked in a permit holders space who doesn't have a permit, however has a visitors permit then they would get a fine. However the general idea is a good one djjaykey
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3:38pm Sun 27 May 12

SteveUK says...

OK, so the financial balancing act involves dispensing with the civil enforcement officers. Can you explain how this system detects and penalises drivers who park on double-yellows etc?

Looks like a non-starter!
OK, so the financial balancing act involves dispensing with the civil enforcement officers. Can you explain how this system detects and penalises drivers who park on double-yellows etc? Looks like a non-starter! SteveUK
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4:27pm Sun 27 May 12

Stall69 says...

I think the idea is that wardens (civil enforcement officers) solely patrol & administer to parking infringements like double yellow lines and the spaces/meters look after themselves.
I think the idea is that wardens (civil enforcement officers) solely patrol & administer to parking infringements like double yellow lines and the spaces/meters look after themselves. Stall69
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5:45pm Sun 27 May 12

The Real Phil says...

So the driver is looking at his phone to see where the spaces are available. Slight problem there then.
So the driver is looking at his phone to see where the spaces are available. Slight problem there then. The Real Phil
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6:01pm Sun 27 May 12

Stall69 says...

It doesn't have to be a phone. Anything like a satnav that has GPS would suffice.
It doesn't have to be a phone. Anything like a satnav that has GPS would suffice. Stall69
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8:12pm Sun 27 May 12

Nick Brighton says...

But it has to take account of those that don't have Sat Nav or a mobile phone.
But it has to take account of those that don't have Sat Nav or a mobile phone. Nick Brighton
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8:46pm Sun 27 May 12

Stall69 says...

Yes, and of course it ignores people riding Penny Farthings too!
Yes, and of course it ignores people riding Penny Farthings too! Stall69
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8:51am Mon 28 May 12

Kerrplunk says...

Also, what's to stop someone taking the parking space? There will probably be a length of time between when you check your phone / sat nav and getting to the space itself?
Also, what's to stop someone taking the parking space? There will probably be a length of time between when you check your phone / sat nav and getting to the space itself? Kerrplunk
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9:25am Mon 28 May 12

nosolution says...

Kerrplunk wrote:
Also, what's to stop someone taking the parking space? There will probably be a length of time between when you check your phone / sat nav and getting to the space itself?
I heard the mark 2 model will have an inbuilt time machine..
[quote][p][bold]Kerrplunk[/bold] wrote: Also, what's to stop someone taking the parking space? There will probably be a length of time between when you check your phone / sat nav and getting to the space itself?[/p][/quote]I heard the mark 2 model will have an inbuilt time machine.. nosolution
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9:58am Mon 28 May 12

maria m says...

What happens if some else drives into the empty space before you reach it!!
I presume you just keep driving around until you find the next one.
What happens if some else drives into the empty space before you reach it!! I presume you just keep driving around until you find the next one. maria m
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10:02am Mon 28 May 12

mimseycal says...

Not really that different from the way it is really.
Not really that different from the way it is really. mimseycal
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10:09am Mon 28 May 12

GIVE UP says...

maria m wrote:
What happens if some else drives into the empty space before you reach it!!
I presume you just keep driving around until you find the next one.
It'll be just like playing musical chairs with out a winner
[quote][p][bold]maria m[/bold] wrote: What happens if some else drives into the empty space before you reach it!! I presume you just keep driving around until you find the next one.[/p][/quote]It'll be just like playing musical chairs with out a winner GIVE UP
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10:13am Mon 28 May 12

mimseycal says...

Exactly ... increased air polution, increased petrol wastage, increased flared tempers ... wonderful really ,)
Exactly ... increased air polution, increased petrol wastage, increased flared tempers ... wonderful really ,) mimseycal
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10:15am Mon 28 May 12

hovelawns says...

sainsbury has these in its newer car parks.
the £1.8m cost will suddenly increase due to unforeseen issues.
The annual maintenance fee will be a time bomb for the city's taxpayers.
there will still be a need for wardens.
savings will be less than anticipated.
using a phone while in charge of a motor vehicle is illegal.
Sat nav / gps will still need manual operation to search.
sainsbury has these in its newer car parks. the £1.8m cost will suddenly increase due to unforeseen issues. The annual maintenance fee will be a time bomb for the city's taxpayers. there will still be a need for wardens. savings will be less than anticipated. using a phone while in charge of a motor vehicle is illegal. Sat nav / gps will still need manual operation to search. hovelawns
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10:48am Mon 28 May 12

Kerrplunk says...

What's the point anyway when no one can afford to park in the spaces? Madeira Drive is empty these days. Maybe it can tell you rough estimates on how much seagull droppings you might get per space to make up for it?
What's the point anyway when no one can afford to park in the spaces? Madeira Drive is empty these days. Maybe it can tell you rough estimates on how much seagull droppings you might get per space to make up for it? Kerrplunk
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11:46am Mon 28 May 12

Slower14 says...

A new invention? This exists in both of the Westfields car park in London. Its handy, but not new.
A new invention? This exists in both of the Westfields car park in London. Its handy, but not new. Slower14
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4:06pm Mon 28 May 12

bug eye says...

may work in car parks but not on street spaces too many probs as said, using phone whilst driving illegal, someone else gets to the space first, 80 wardens out or a job, fines sent in error and more contesting of fines etc. just make parking charges sensible and allow all eco cars to park for free or a flat 50p rate all over the city. put permit parking all around the lewes road and hanover areas to get rid of the old bangers and council tax dodgers. these policies will get old polluting cars off the road.
may work in car parks but not on street spaces too many probs as said, using phone whilst driving illegal, someone else gets to the space first, 80 wardens out or a job, fines sent in error and more contesting of fines etc. just make parking charges sensible and allow all eco cars to park for free or a flat 50p rate all over the city. put permit parking all around the lewes road and hanover areas to get rid of the old bangers and council tax dodgers. these policies will get old polluting cars off the road. bug eye
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4:15pm Mon 28 May 12

Sussex jim says...

When I wish to visit a shop or office I need to park nearby, for the duration of my visit- usually brief.
I don't do pay parking. I pay enough taxes to run my personal chariot as it is.
That's why I only shop in free zones or shop provided parking.
When I wish to visit a shop or office I need to park nearby, for the duration of my visit- usually brief. I don't do pay parking. I pay enough taxes to run my personal chariot as it is. That's why I only shop in free zones or shop provided parking. Sussex jim
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