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Truck Parking Europe App - concept & solution


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Truck Parking Europe App - concept & solution

  1. 1. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Stephan Ruppert Karlsruhe, 4 October 2013
  2. 2. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Initial situation and goal of Truck Parking Europe • The number of parking places officially available for lorries in Europe is some ten thousand less than the number needed. • Due to limited funding, public authorities are unable to quickly meet the rising demand. • Truck Parking Europe aims to make all available parking places more accessible to drivers and schedulers. • This includes providing information not only for parking places directly on motorways, but also for suitable places some distance away. These include industrial areas, parking spaces along streets and trucker meeting points. Page 3
  3. 3. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE The solution • Truck Parking Europe is the largest free European database for lorry parking. The current database contains over 10,000 parking places. • The app is available for drivers to download for free. Use of the data by drivers is free and will remain free. • A Europe-wide community, consisting of lorry drivers, car park operators, the PTV editorial staff and other collaborators, constantly updates and augments this data. • Lorry drivers can also rate parking places and share experiences. Page 4
  4. 4. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Motivation of the PTV Group • The PTV Group wishes to help drivers, schedulers and public authorities find solutions to the acute shortage of lorry parking places in Europe. • In future the data is intended to be available to schedulers in their own route planning systems in order to make planning more reliable. • The community's parking place master data can also be used by other providers. Page 5
  5. 5. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Schedule and facts • For Apple iOS devices starting mid-November 2013 • For Google Android devices starting mid-December 2013 • Initial database of 10,000 parking places for lorries; constantly being expanded • Internal data research by PTV Group • European geographical expansion • Community-driven data improvement starting December 2013 • No external data or external licences – data can be used by drivers for free with no restrictions or advertising Page 6
  6. 6. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Quantity versus quality • After many discussions with lorry drivers, we have selected a database that ensures the supply of comprehensive parking place information. • The aim is to first fashion a platform that allows data for all parking places for lorries to be captured and made available to the drivers. • This data will gradually be refined, with suitable attributes noted for parking places (e.g. convenience features) by lorry drivers, PTV editorial staff and collaborators. Page 7
  7. 7. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Benefits • Drivers • Drivers help each other by keeping the data updated • Ratings by fellow drivers with regard to cleanliness, visibility, quietness and infrastructure • Less stress when looking for a parking place, since even unsigned parking places can be found • Better and more convenient use of rest periods Page 8
  8. 8. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Benefits • Schedulers • Better use of driving periods; less time spent looking for parking places • Higher vehicle utilisation • Better load security because problem areas are avoided when parking away from the route Page 9
  9. 9. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Benefits • Car park operators • The Verified Parking program gives car park operators the exclusive ability to edit car park data and prevent changes. Lorry drivers are still free to add comments. • Increased frequency of use of remote parking and rest facilities (e.g. private-sector food services) • General • Higher traffic safety on long-haul roads by reducing illegal parking. Page 10
  10. 10. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Screenshots Page 11
  11. 11. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Screenshots Page 12
  12. 12. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Initial database Page 13
  13. 13. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Example industrial area: Storrenacker in Karlsruhe • Presently cannot be found by all drivers; parking situation and infrastructure not clear for non-resident drivers • Local situation: Illuminated, food services (200 m), supermarket (400 m), local recreation facilities (100 m), service station (400 m), 500 m from motorway Page 14
  14. 14. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Example of free parking places (e.g. food service establishments) • Presently cannot be found by all drivers; parking situation and infrastructure not clear for non-resident drivers • Local situation: Service station, room for approximately 10 lorries, food services, video surveillance from service station, toilets, local recreation facilities Page 15
  15. 15. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Example in foreign country (Ukraine) • Presently cannot be found by all drivers; parking situation and infrastructure not clear for non-resident drivers • Local situation: Service station, room for approximately 30 lorries, food services, video surveillance, toilets & shower, workshop, etc. Page 16
  16. 16. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Algorithm for "nearby parking places" • The distance to the closest parking place is calculated using individual distance matrices based on PTV technology. • The indicated distance is the actual driving distance for a lorry. • This algorithm ensures that recommendations are not given for inaccessible parking places. Page 17
  17. 17. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Algorithm for "nearby parking places" Linear distance 4 km Driving distance 7.5 km, no additional travel Driving distance 11.5 km, additional travel 24 km (including return) Linear distance 200 m Page 18
  18. 18. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Ensuring data quality • Unsuitable areas • Can be reported by drivers; checked by our editorial staff and deleted if necessary • Incorrect data • All entered data is viewed and checked by PTV editorial staff. We remove spam, inappropriate promotion using ratings, insults, etc. Users may also be banned if necessary. • Complaints by municipalities • In this case we contact the local authorities and check whether the reported places are legal. Page 19
  19. 19. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Features of Version 1.0 • Search for parking places on the map or by text search • Radius search for driving distance to the next parking place. • Entry of new car parks and parking places • Rating and commenting on parking places • Eight languages available (DE, EN, FR, NL, PL, ES, IT, CS) Page 20
  20. 20. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE Functions currently being developed/planned for the end of the year • Check-in for parking places, indication of available space (initially the number of check-ins) • Looking for more collaborators • Integration of other databases • Linking to available reservation systems • Linking to available occupancy systems Page 21
  21. 21. TRUCK PARKING EUROPE We also want to make it fun for users • Drivers collect points for every new parking place, change, rating or comment accepted in the system, which enable them to rise in the community ranking. • Drivers can look forward to terrific promotions and special offers. Page 22
  22. 22. CONTACT Visit the official website: Contact Product Management Stephan Ruppert Page 23