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System lets cyclists know where they can park

Travel & Tourism

The Lumiguide system uses cameras to monitor bicycle parks and informs cyclists of empty spaces.

The Dutch are often sources of cycling innovation — we have seen a bike hitch-hiking scheme developed for Amsterdam tourists. A new monitoring system wants to help cyclists find increasingly rare bicycle parking spaces in Utrecht.

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Lumiguide use two simple cameras to monitor bike parks. The stereoscopic images feed into software that’s capable of recognizing whether or not a space is occupied by a bike. Real-time information is then sent to roadside or entrance monitors, letting cyclists know if there is free space available before they enter a bike park — it will also guide them towards free spots. The software has also been trained to monitor abandoned bikes, notifying staff when a bike has been in the same spot for too long. The data can then offer city officials the statistics for monitoring city-wide bike park use.

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Lumiguide takes cues from large car parks that already have similar functions. What other hacks can bicycle transport networks take from existing motor vehicle conveniences?

Email: info@lumiguide.eu

Website: www.lumiguide.eu

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