You know what it is Sidewalk Labs? No? I'll tell you. Sidewalk Labs is the "armed wing" of Alphabet, the "mother" company also of Google, which deals with urban planning.
And do you know what he did? No? And oh well, I have to do everything today. He created a sensor called Pebble which can exploit real-time data to improve city parking by displaying available spaces.
A Google Maps to find parking!
The new Pebble sensor works just like this: as a link to a parking space. The system can detect whether a vehicle is occupying a car space or not.
Once this information is collected, Pebble can then transfer the data to the cloud using cellular networks. The result? On our display, that nice space will appear in green that will not disappoint us: that parking lot is really empty, there is no Smart that appears suddenly making our hopes collapse.
What about privacy?
Also on this issue it seems (I remain prudent) there will be no problems. No identifying information will be collected during the process. Pebble will not use the cameras, nor will it transfer data (I know, for example the license plate) of the vehicle in the parking lot.
Sidewalk Labs said the technology could be used by city governments to help local businesses. Or perhaps by residential construction companies, to create shared parking infrastructures.
Easy parking, easy life
Sidewalk Labs is handling what could be a truly "transformative" day-to-day solution.
A simple technology, integrated into urban infrastructures and communicating with our devices that tells us if a parking space is free? It can relieve traffic congestion, eradicate headaches and improve our lives in general.
Make it come soon.
If you want to know more, find the details on this dedicated page on the Sidewalk Labs website.