UNSW Parking and Traffic Strategy

Background Established in 1949, UNSW Sydney is a leading research and teaching university in NSW, ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities. The university places a unique focus on scientific, technological and professional disciplines. ptc. was engaged by UNSW to provide parking and traffic engineering advice regarding its main campus. The 38-hectare site…...

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News from Berlin

Article by Cristina Lynn   I have just returned from the 11th World Parking Symposium held in Berlin in late June. Two days of presentations were capped off by a tour of various facilities in Berlin including a city car park, the car park serving the main Berlin train station and a technology park where…...

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Adelaide Airport welcomes driverless shuttles

Driverless vehicles may be soon integrated to the transport landscape and part of our everyday life. After the launch of RAC’s autonomous shuttle bus in Perth last year, exciting news come from South Australia in this area. Adelaide Airport intends to have driverless shuttles operating between the airport’s long-term car park and terminal. Last month, […]

Car Sharing in Campuses

The University of California, Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) continues to research the impacts of car sharing. In August we posted about the positive impacts of car sharing in five cities in the USA and Canada, considering data from 9,500 Car2Go members. The new study focuses on car sharing in North American college and […]

Traffic light hacking a security risk

While it might sound like a plot line from the latest action blockbuster, the exposure of traffic signal systems to hacking is a real risk that needs to be addressed.  A group of researchers from the University of Michigan published a paper recently which details how they were able to break into the signal system, […]

Innovative car park with roof-top sports ground

The latest addition to our list of “Alternative uses for a Car Park” will now include “sporting field”.  The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs has recently completed a new car park which doubles as a sports venue, as reported in The Gazette.  With its ribbon-cutting ceremony this month, the USD $23M project will simultaneously […]

Audi’s Intelligent Assist predicts parking availability

A recent story from Wired has showcased the latest in intelligent technology from Audi.   By using “big data”, wireless connectivity and the car’s on-board navigation system, an Audi-developed phone app will not only find parking, but also uses “intelligence” to predict when other spots might open up! Branded as Audi’s Urban Intelligent Assist, the project […]

2013 from the rear-vision mirror

Hard as it is to accept it, another year is about to end.  When we ask ourselves “Where did it go?”, we realise that we have been too busy working to notice the passing of time! Appreciating Our Regular and New Clients 2013 has been a very successful year for us at Parking & Traffic Consultants.  […]

Invisible bike helmet on show

Last month, the Sydney Morning Herald brought us news of the “invisible” bike helmet.  Well, it’s not really invisible — it just isn’t worn where you normally think a helmet would be worn!  You may struggle to find it in the photo, because it is cleverly disguised as fashionable neckwear. The project started out as […]

Game theory used to create Smart traffic lights

University of Toronto civil engineering graduate, Samah El-Tantawy, has used game theory to create “intelligent” traffic lights and is now receiving global recognition for her work.   The system uses artificial intelligence allowing the signals to “talk” to one another, and make real-time decisions in order to keep traffic flowing.  In a Uni of Toronto media […]

The impact of driverless cars on our cities

As we posted in last week’s Wayfinding Forum, auto companies are now striving beyond the development of self-parking cars. They are building self-DRIVING cars. Whilst the technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, public acceptance and understanding is still in its infancy. This week, an interesting perspective was offered by The New York Times. The […]

Folding cars. Your parking problems are solved!

Ever tried to squeeze into an impossible parking spot? We all have, but with the latest technology coming out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the impossible is becoming possible. A BBC Business News report published this week has revealed the media lab at MIT has designed a ‘folding car’ which is being developed […]

Parking and Traffic Consultants – 2012 year in review

2012 has been another eventful year for PTC. Many new clients joined the prestigious names in our portfolio, including Perth Airport, Health Infrastructure, Adelaide University and Leichhardt Council. Many other previous clients engaged us to do new work. Just to give you an idea, during the year we worked for these airports: Adelaide, Gold Coast, […]

A year of ‘Parking and Traffic’ blogs in review

Feel like the year has passed you by too? If you’ve been too busy to stay on top of the parking and traffic industry news every week – never fear! Here is our annual round-up of the highs and lows, and headline-making stories from 2012. Parking and policy in Australia This year saw Parking & […]

13th Australian Parking Convention is a resounding success

Following in the steps of the November 2010 Convention, the Parking Association of Australia held its 13th event at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier this week. The event was characterised by a high level of local and international speakers that had the delegates particularly riveted to their seats. The exhibiton, in Hall 6 […]

Britain’s most bike friendly universities

The UK’s Telegraph published a great gallery of their top 10 most bike-friendly universities. We thought we would conclude this week’s blog posts with a selection of three of our favourites (of the top ten) below. At No. 10: Oxford University (image in heading above) offers 2,900 bike spaces dotted around what is the UK’s […]

Ohio State University leases parking operations to QIC

Ohio State University has moved ahead with leasing their parking operations to Australian company QIC and US partner LAZ Parking, in a 50 year contract deal worth US $483 million. According to the Star Tribune, the university pushed the plan as a way of providing cash flow at a time of declining public funding, with […]

Parking at Australian universities

Students at James Cook University in Cairns this week have staged a protest against the university’s parking situation, insisting the university needs to boost the number of spaces and make them free of charge. According to Cairns.com.au, about half of the campus’ 979 parking spaces have been restricted to permit holders this year, meaning students […]

Parking Today interviews university parking professionals

Following our post two weeks ago interviewing parking professional Barbara Chance on automated car parks, this week Parking Today magazine have published a summation of an interview with two parking professionals from the University of Texas, Austin, exploring the issues facing university campus parking.  The two interviewees are Bob Harkins, Associate VP for Campus Safety […]

Launch of ‘Reinventing Parking’ blog

Singapore-based academic Paul Barter (Assistant Professor of LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore), has launched in the past two weeks a new parking resource – a blog called ‘Reinventing Parking’. Paul has been running a blog on the wider topic of ‘Urban Transport’ for some time now, but as his interest and […]

Parking Availability at the University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has recently launched a web page showing the current number of available parking spaces, and their locations on the university campus. This is an extension of the project which PCI was engaged to carry out with the University to design and install dynamic signage throughout the campus advising parkers of which […]