Germany: An algorithm is going to help in dealing with the problem of the lack of parking places for trucks

Germany: An algorithm is going to help in dealing with the problem of the lack of parking places for trucks

Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) is working on an intelligent method of unburdening the existing parking lots for trucks.

"Telematically Controlled Compact Parking" - this is the name of the project of the German instutition BASt. It is going to be executed through the algorithm. "Its aim is to increase the capacity of the parking lots at the motorway hotels and reduce the number of dangerous parking maneuvers while maintaining the prescribed periods of work and rest for drivers," says the the German transport website logistra.de.

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To create a compact parking algorithm, it was necessary to program the user interface which calculates departure times and reflects the theoretical occupancy of parking spaces.

The output rate for the algorithm is the pattern of the demand for parking spaces, typical for the transport of goods - in the evening, according to BASt, there is an increased likelihood that the truck parking at the hotel is going to stay there for the next 9 to 11 hours.

In practice, there will be screens by the parking lots, which will display the time remaining to the departure of the truck.

According to BASt, the algorithm will soon be tested on a parking lot in Germany. The creators of the algorithm emphasise, however, that it should still be thoroughly analysed on the basis of the long term data.