Our solution for Livermore’s parking problem as addressed in the citizen outreach (shown below) is simple, yet still thoroughly addresses and fixes the problem. According to a 2014 parking report from the city, the problem was not a shortage of parking spots in downtown, but instead the fact that people were not aware that there were empty spots in the parking garages. Our idea is a FREE parking app. The app will allow you to see which parking spots are open in the city in real-time in the parking garages. A sensor in each parking spot will be sending information to the app which will be constantly updating the status of each parking spot. This will allow people to find a parking spot without having to travel too far from their destination. This may also make the traffic flow better. Obviously, there will be a cost to all of this. The estimated cost of creating a basic to medium complexity app is $25,000-$40,000. The sensors are already included in the existing cost of the parking garages for the city plan. If this is implemented, this app can help solve the parking problem.
Citizens Outreach Results:
- Community Character
- Open Space
- Traffic, Roadways, and Walkways
- Downtown Boutique Hotel
- New Retail Uses
- Hotel Location
- Cultural Facilities
- Public Finances
City Document talking about the Outreach: http://www.cityoflivermore.net/civicax/filebank/documents/17005/
Our longterm solution for the parking problem is a fleet of driverless cars that will operate in a 3-mile diameter. Driverless cars come in 6 levels from 0-5, level 0 being no automation, level 1 being driver assistance, level 2 being partial automation, level 3 being conditional automation, level 4 being high automation, and level 5 being full automation. With the addition of driverless cars to the city, people may be prone to get rid of their cars, reducing the need for permits, fuel, parking spaces, car maintenance, car insurance, and even car washes. The timeline for level 5 cars to be widespread is about 2-5 years. While all of this seems good for Livermore, there are some potential risks with driverless cars. There are questions over liability when crashes may occur. There is also a risk of terrorist hijackings or ethical dilemma questions around computer control algorithms. While these are not insignificant, they are being addressed in parallel with the technical development. As a result, it appears that a fleet of self-driving cars could help solve the parking problem in Livermore.