Brabant In-Car II: ParckR

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Brabant In-Car II: ParckR
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Type: Field operational test
Tested system/service: Cooperative Systems
Countries: The Netherlands ? test users
3 partners 700 vehicles
Active from 06/2011 to 12/2012
Tom van de Ven
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Part of Dutch Project: Brabant In-Car II

Most motorways provide parking facilities, accessible from the motorway only. These parking facilities provide parking capacity to private car and truck drivers alike, to rest between journey legs. In particular for long haul truck drivers these facilities are important, as truck drivers need to comply with driving time regulations. Among others, these regulations determine that drivers need to rest every day for an uninterrupted period of nine hours. In practice this means that truck parking areas (TPAs) along major transport corridors quickly fill up in the evening.

Truck parking area overcrowding

On some corridors the truck parking capacity does not suffice to cope with peak demand. Truck drivers arriving at full truck parking areas are forced to choose between an incursion of parking regulations or driving time restrictions. Often they opt for parking on the parking’s slip road, with queues extending onto the motorway’s hard shoulder. These situations can lead to serious accidents when oncoming traffic notices the queue on the hard shoulder too late. Research has shown that truck parking overload is not evenly spread. Often sufficient parking spaces are available at truck parking areas (TPAs), or at privately operated truck stops, in the vicinity of overcrowded parking areas. If truck drivers would be informed on the occupancy of truck parking areas along their route, they could better plan when and where to park. This in turn would likely lead to less truck parking area overcrowding, and thus enhance road safety. Such an occupancy information system for truck parking would need to:

  • Detect incoming and outgoing traffic per parking area, determining the vehicle class (trucks versus private cars)
  • Relate the incoming and outgoing truck count to each truck parking area capacity
  • Aggregate the data from truck parking areas
  • Disseminate information on truck parking areas along their route to truck drivers

Existing truck parking occupancy systems rely on onsite detection systems such as induction loops and number plate recognition systems. The costs of installing, operating and maintaining such systems inhibit the wide-scale deployment of truck parking occupancy information services.

If you are a truck driver, you know how difficult it can be to find a place to park along your route. Parckr will help you find the best spot, hassle-free and on time! The Parckr Android app gives you an overview of all truck parking areas along your route. Per truck parking area, it indicates the expected occupancy at your time of arrival, as well as useful information on facilities. It also shows you what other truck drivers think of a particular truck parking area. Parckr is the first community for truck drivers to share information on truck parking areas, and the first smartphone app to predict occupancy rates for truck parking areas. From July to November 2012 Parckr will be trialed on the corridor Rotterdam – Venlo. During the trial the Parckr Android App can be downloaded for FREE.

Details of Field Operational Test

Start date and duration of FOT execution

June 2012 – December 2012

Geographical Coverage

Truck parking area’s along A16, A58, A67; The Netherlands

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The concept works good.

The accuracy is not optimal.

The costs are low.

Truck drivers are not willing to pay for the service.

Lessons learned

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Summary, type of funding and budget


€ 851.475,-


€ 386.586,-


€ 464.889,-

Cooperation partners and contact persons

  • Public Authorities:
    • The cityregion Eindhoven,SRE Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven
    • Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
    • Province Noord Brabant
  • Industry:
    • Rapp Trans
    • NOKIA
    • PEEK Traffic
    • Adapticon
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