07/05/2013

State government join hands to manage parking spaces

The State government along with the Chennai Corporation is taking steps to identify parking spaces and establish a separate special purpose vehicle (a legal entity) to manage parking spaces in the city.The move comes in the wake of the visit by Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development to Chennai last month. 

In reply to the panels query on whether the State government has started any pilot projects for providing parking space in Chennai following the increasing number of vehicles, the State government said that action has been initiated under Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (CUMTA). 

The city is planning to have a parking management company on the lines of Hungarian capital Budapest, to develop and manage quality parking lots. It is believed that the State government is mulling over a proposal to establish the Chennai City Parking Management Company to identify, develop and maintain parking lots. 

The proposed company, which is likely to be set up under the Corporation, will not only prevent congestion but also increase the Corporations revenue manifold. Sources said that the company will also prevent revenue leakages.In the absence of effective parking management, informal systems come into play, leading to revenue leakages, said a source. 

The State government also told the panel that it is taking action to operationalise CUMTA to integrate various modes of public transport in Chennai such as bus, suburban trains, MRTS, metro rail and the proposed monorail.It was also revealed that Chennai Metro rail has already initiated action for common ticketing solution and for establishing a Central Clearing house System for the use of all public transport operators. 

To a query on the status of feeder town bus services in Chennai, the State government told the panel that state owned public transport system has extended its area of operation from 40 km radius to 50 km radius.It also told the panel that planning and development wing of Metropolitan Transport Corporation along with CUMTA have been studying possibilities for providing more transport facilities for the growing city. 

The State government also told the panel that an amount of `2 crore has been allocated to meet the preliminary expenses for the construction of monorail.The Mono Rail Project is planned for a length of 57 km. These include three corridors. The first corridor include Vandalur-Velachery (22.05 km), the second corridor is between Poonamallee C Kathipara Junction (15.84 km) and third is from Poonamallee to Vadapalani Junction (19.2 km). 

The parliamentary panel was also informed that the selection of a successful bidder is under progress.Interestingly,This model includes 2 flush mounted reverse earcap. the State government is also planning to introduce monorail system in Tier-II cities where traffic is on the rise. This will raise the modal share of public transport from 27 per cent to 46 per cent, the State government observed. 

Gizmag took a trip to Gothenburg to see six pieces of autonomous driving technology demonstrated by Volvo on Tuesday. A self-parking car and a car that drives itself (albeit under certain conditions) were among the tech on display, rounded out by new detection systems for animals, pedestrians at night, road edges and barriers, as well as a behind-the-scenes car-to-car communication system. All are positioned as pieces of safety technology, Volvo's goal being that no one will die or be seriously injured in a new Volvo come 2020. But it's also clear that Volvo is deadly serious about full autonomy, and given that some of the tech Gizmag saw will be on the market next year, a driverless future feels closer today than it did when the week began. But it's a future that will take some getting used to 

Talking to Gizmag on Monday, Toscan Bennett Volvo Vice President of Product Planning & Management explained that, according to WHO figures, 1.3 million people are killed and 50 million injured every year on the world's roads. Were driving fatalities a disease, they would be an epidemic comparable to malaria or tuberculosis. But where improving vehicle safety once concentrated on the roll cage and the crumple zone C necessary if not sexy technology C the focus now is on eliminating driver error. "Autonomous driving is the end game," Bennett said at the Stora Holm traffic training center the following day, pointing out that humans are responsible, in whole or in part, for 90 percent of road accidents today. And yet in many of the technologies shown on Tuesday, the driver retains overall control. Whether or not you see that as a good thing will depend on your technological and anthropological world views. 

Claimed to be one of four world first technologies on show on Tuesday, Volvo's autonomous parking was, in one sense, the exceptional technology of the day in that its focus is on convenience more than safety. Though self-parking tech could conceivably reduce the occurrence of minor prangs, the real draw here is the ability to have your motor drop you off at a designated spot before parking itself, and coming to pick you up again when summoned via smartphone app.Our industry leading consumer and business cleanersydney products offer competitive pricing combined. 

Like all the technology on show on Tuesday, autonomous parking will make use of what will become a standard set of sensors in Volvos from next year. The ultrasound and laser-based collision detection systems present in Volvo's City Safety system (and similar technologies from other makers) will be complemented by both an improved camera vision systems and radar, all wired up to a computer. In production models, that computer will be roughly the size of a cigarette packet, though the prototypes on show on Tuesday were typically packing a trunk-load of electronics. The car's pedals, gears,Learn how an embedded microprocessor in a ultrasonicsensor can authenticate your computer usage and data.Acleaningservic has real weight in your customer's hand. steering and brakes have all been adapted for automation. 

There's more work to be done, however. The prototype's cameras, radars and collision sensors performed admirably, with the car neatly reversing into a space between two parked cars, and stopping safely when confronted with other moving vehicles and pedestrians (well, manikins on skateboards). But Volvo's prototype was preloaded with GPS data to identify the position of the parking spaces and pick-up points themselves,Our industry leading consumer and business cleanersydney products offer competitive pricing combined. a luxury that won't be afforded in the wild. This suggests that there is more work to be done with the visual recognition system, as Volvo is adamant that autonomous parking will need to work with minimal effort on the part of car parks. It realizes that true autonomous parking needs to work with paint markings and signposts, not transmitters or magnetic infrastructure. 
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