A Truck Parking Availability Notification System Based on Computer Vision

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:40am - 11:10am
Lind 305
Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
The presentation will provide an overview of the Wisconsin and the state of Minnesota’s efforts to utilize Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies (computer vision) to provide real-time truck parking information to redirect drivers to nearby facilities with available parking, thereby utilizing the existing and future added capacity more effectively. The states of Wisconsin and Minnesota share freight borne traffic along one significant designated National Freight Corridor through Interstate 94. The presentation will share both successes and lessons learned from previous field operational testing of instrumented truck parking facilities in Minnesota, and the current scope and activities between the states to support a regional multi-state model for disseminating real-time truck parking notifications to carriers and drivers. Usability performance measures to evaluate the system will also be discussed. Recent federal interest to integrate truck parking facilities along several significant freight corridors within FHWA with real-time truck parking notification provides a unique opportunity to lead the nation in building a sustainable model to support safe and cost efficient freight vehicle travel, and would thus provide timely and relevant information to truckers, transportation practitioners, and other stakeholders.