15 November 2016

Ateca concept will help find parking space

Nearly 30 per cent of traffic in major European cities involves drivers looking for a place to park but finding a free parking space could be a lot easier in the future, writes Trish Whelan.

SEAT will present a future concept of its Ateca SUV with Smart City Connectivity that makes it easy to locate free parking spaces, at the Smart City Expo World Congress being held this week in Barcelona.

The technology collects information from the surroundings and shares it with other users to find available parking using the SEAT Parkfinder app which has been developed by the company and CARNET - the research and innovation hub set up in Barcelona.

This project enables the Ateca Smart City Car to transmit information on available parking spaces to the city of Barcelona's iCity platform. At the same time, this server distributes the information to the Parkfinder app and displays their location to urban drivers on a map.  

There are three possible driver profile configurations – close to home, close to work, and a personalised third option. For each of these, the user can organise preferences according to distance, price and the likelihood of finding parking more quickly. In addition, it includes functions such as 'Find my car', which displays where the car is parked, and 'Last Mile Routing', which maps out the distance on foot to the final destination.