Wei Liu, United Kingdom - Haitao He, Switzerland
Parking-sharing is emerging as a new notion of making more efficient use of existing parking infrastructures. It uses existing gaps intended for parking cars when the owner is not using it. By making parking spaces (owned by individuals or shopping malls) publicly available for rent, shared parking not only allows the owner to make additional money but also helps alleviate the shortage of parking spaces, which helps save travel time, and reduce fuel consumption, emission and road congestion.
With the revolution of information and communications technology, private parking sharing can be simply enabled through an online platform (“e-parking platform”), which directly connects a private parking slot owner who shares his parking property when not in use with public users who are looking for a place to park for certain hours.