Parking in cities can be a problem. There’s not enough in some cities, which causes traffic congestion and pollution as drivers circle for a space at the curb, in a garage, or in a lot. In others, there’s too much parking available, which raises building costs and takes up space that could be repurposed for housing, parks, or other valuable uses.
Sensors exist for collecting information about how curbs and parking spaces are used, but they can be expensive, hard to install, or both. That’s why Sidewalk Labs created Pebble, a low-cost, easy-install vehicle, privacy-preserving sensor that helps with curb and parking management. Pebble gives city agencies, developers, and parking operators real-time insights into when parking spaces and curbsides are occupied and when they’re not.
By giving everyone involved in the planning and management of parking and curb space a way to measure use, we can help get any number of new ideas for more sustainable and innovative cities off the ground.
Head of Pebble