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My idea is to conceive a series of smart parking spaces for shopping centres, which are connected via internet and are able to communicate through an app. All these parking spaces will be powered by solar cells. 
The aim of this concept is to reduce

My idea is to conceive a series of smart parking spaces for shopping centres, which are connected via internet and are able to communicate through an app. All these parking spaces will be powered by solar cells. The aim of this concept is to reduce

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Valentina commented on The smart parking for shopping centres

Hi Natalie,

I am glad you found this idea useful.

The open spots can be determined by a series of sensors working accordingly. If, for instance, we think about the system that Joanna was suggesting above, we can think about a series of elements able to understand automatically what would be energetic needs of your car (maybe).

The assignment of spots should be regulated by an algorithm that automatically drives you to the designated spot. so once you have scanned the QR code, you will basically be assigned to a free spot.

Thank you very much for your app suggestion. It sounds really cool, I look forward to trying it!

Best,
V

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Valentina commented on The smart parking for shopping centres

Dear Joanna,

You gave me a good insight, thank you.

Hopefully this system could be available to all the car drivers at some point, but at the very beginning it would be interesting to think about dedicated parking slots for electrical vehicles, as you suggested.

To incentivate this system it could be useful think about a "rewarding" system, so people with electrical vehicles that will use the power station provided into the parking slot, will have a small discount in the parking fares.

On a bigger scale, it would be also very interesting to think about the way the shopping centre will give the energy back to the electrical network or at least how the parking could become independent energetically.

So if the parking will provide recharging points for electrical vehicles, powered by solar energy, on the other hand the parking itself will "create" energy as well. Think about street lamps powered by kinetic energy provided from passage of cars of even people (see this link: http://connect.xcelenergy.com/minnesota/a-new-twist-on-power-walking/)!

It would be interesting to think about a system that also "sells" it's own surplus of power to the network, so it will be available to other users, or the shopping centre itself.

Best,
V