Cardiff introduces smart parking in city

Cardiff Council has launched a parking app to assist motorists in the Welsh capital find real-time available spaces in the city.

The £900,000 system, which saw the installation of 3,300 sensors in parking bays across the region, is similar to that used in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe. However, Cardiff is the first council in Europe to roll out this technology across its citywide road network.

The system operates with vehicle detection sensors, embedded into the road, detecting whether or not the parking bay is occupied using infrared technology.

Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Planning and Transport, said: “Although our priority is for people to use sustainable modes of transport, we accept that there will still be a requirement for people to use the private car. Given this, we want to provide the technology to make parking as easy as possible, so that people don't have to drive around the city to find a parking space.

"Now that we have invested in this scheme, we want people that park in and around the city centre to download the free app - it is easy to use and will help both the motorist and the Council. Congestion and driving at low speeds significantly increases pollutants form cars, so we want people to find a space and park as quickly as possible."