UMass student proposes drone-powered parking system

Amir Ehsani Zonouz

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — A student at UMass Dartmouth has proposed a program that would utilize drones in the air to help drivers on campus find accessible parking spots on the ground.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, engineering student Amir Ehsani Zonouz won the Siemens Mobility IDEA contest for his Smart Parking System concept.

Amir proposed using “autonomous quadcopters” to help drivers find free parking spots. The technology would also determine the shortest path to the spot and help guide drivers to the space, either by following the drone or through a smartphone application or a vehicles communication system. The proposed technology would also include infrared and thermal cameras so that a copter could operate at night and monitor heatstroke conditions.

“I am immensely grateful for the support of my advisor Dr. Liudong Xing, whose guidance and involvement has been essential with this project,” said Amir. “I look forward to working with Dr. Xing and the R&D team at Siemens to set up an innovation workshop to help fully develop a prototype to make this idea a reality.”

Siemens started the Mobility IDEA Contest to find innovative ideas that could solve tough challenges facing the traffic industry. Siemens will hold an innovation workshop to help Amir produce a fully developed prototype of the new parking done technology.

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