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Government plan parking revolution

APDS standards set to boost High Streets by making it easier for drivers


THE UK is on the verge of a revolution to make parking easier and help British High Streets, according to the Government.

They have introduced new national parking data standards which could mean the end of outdated parking systems and research and development projects are underway in four areas.
Created by the Alliance For Parking Data Standards, and funded by the Department For Transport, the Government’s ambition is for all parking data across the UK to use the same language, supporting the development of apps to make parking easier.
The standardised data should lead to smoother and easier payment methods, transforming the way people park as the Oyster card made public transport travel around London easier.
The announcement follows the publication of the Government’s Future Of Mobility Urban Strategy, and is aimed at making it easier for drivers to find available parking spaces along with permitted times and prices, and ultimately free up crucial space, easing congested towns and cities and encouraging more shoppers on to British High Streets.
Nigel Williams, chairman of the British Parking Association and the APDS, 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 the UK is at the forefront of innovation to improve the customer experience of parking.”
Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak added: “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.”
To kick start the project Manchester City Council, Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire county councils and a consortium of South Essex councils will receive a share of £1million to start putting the APDS standards into practice, with a further seven projects being commissioned to identify ways to open up local authority data.
The development of the parking language will make it easier for local authorities and private companies to exchange data, ensuring cars of the future navigate both driver and passengers to an available space based on the price, quality of the space, safety of the space and availability of on-site services — including being near to electric chargepoints.
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.”

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