System delivers real-time parking availability to truckers
The Michigan Department of Transportation selected HNTB to plan, design and oversee installation of a Truck Parking Information and Management System along 129 miles of the I-94 corridor, the state’s busiest road. The system identifies safe truck parking availability and then delivers that information to drivers in real time, allowing them to proactively plan routes and make informed parking decisions.
To collect accurate parking availability data, detection cameras and other sensors were deployed at rest areas and private facilities. HNTB developed business-to-business agreements with the truck stops, allowing HNTB to install sensor technology, collect parking data and license the information to MDOT.
Drawing on information from 15 public and private parking areas, the system uses dynamic parking information signs, a dedicated website, a smart phone application and connected vehicle technology to disseminate reliable, timely parking information to drivers.