How ‘Smart Parking’ would eliminate stress on road ?
As the ever growing luxuries take the limelight in our lives, we often ignore the side effects of these luxuries. Increased stress and aggression levels, violence on roads over petty issues etc. are few among many which are slowly eating up the peace from our lives. Today, consumers are seeking every edge they can in pursuit of healthier and happier lives, yet increased levels of stress and aggression are being reported.
According to the Gallup-Health ways Well-Being Index, people in their late 30s to mid-50s are actually the ones reporting the lowest state of well-being over their lifetimes. As stress builds up incrementally throughout the day, taking proactive steps to cut down the possible stress reinforcers becomes vital to counterbalance and maintain the overall well-being.
In Delhi itself, more than 107 cases of road rage and violence are reported every hour. It won’t surprise you to know that the city loses its cool over parking issues more than dumping garbage and crying babies! Surprisingly the data on PCR call details shows that the Delhi Police itself received upto 51,572 calls over quarrels in 20 days, between August 21 and September 10 this year. This has all the more added to the vitality of implementing better solutions. A research conducted by Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New England University Transportation Center (NEUTC) shows that drivers are less stressed when using selected new technological advancements in the car. Driving can be stressful at the best of times, and arriving at your destination to find there is no parking only adds to drivers’ woes. However it’s not just motorists, it effects our towns too. Adding to this our high streets also suffer from the shortage of convenient parking.
Keeping the above scenario in mind, several measures have been taken up in terms of technological solutions today. Smart Parking apps and many digital solutions are heading towards improving this on and off road chaos by providing real-time space availability statuses, directions to the desired spaces, e-payments etc., via various transmitters that keep the consumers updated all the time. These solutions are definitely putting forth a promising future.
Researchers are proving that as solutions like Smart Parking take the pace, almost 20-25% of the congestion on roads due to parking problems will be cut down. Beyond efficient parking pricing, smart parking would leverage digital applications to provide real-time parking availability to drivers enabling electronic payment, reduced waiting time, and decreased roadway congestion. This would bring added benefits in terms of reduced anger and stress levels which is the need of the hour and identify technological advancements that both mitigate stress and create a more enjoyable experience on roads.