New technologies to facilitate parking
The Shanghai government is using more digital technologies, including 5G, big data and artificial intelligence, to improve traffic in the city.
Parking is difficult due to the imbalance between cars and parking spaces. To solve the problem, the traffic authority introduced the Shanghai Parking app, which so far covers 4,700 parking lots and provides services such as parking lot sharing in shopping malls at night, making appointments parking in hospitals, paying fees afterwards and parking in traffic. hubs such as airports and train stations.
Most of Shanghai’s older communities, especially those built before 2000, have limited parking space. A neighborhood in the Wujiaochang area in Yangpu District, for example, has around 300 parking spaces but more than 1,000 residents.
Now the government lets shopping centers share their parking lots with surrounding neighborhoods at night when more spaces are available. Citizens can use the app to park in these shopping centers.
Parking is also difficult in hospitals, but people can use the app to reserve parking in advance.
So far, two hospitals are covered by the app – Xinhua Hospital and Ruijin Hospital – and the government is expanding the service to other large hospitals.
Shanghai buses and bus stations are also making greater use of digital technologies. Almost 50% of the city’s buses are equipped with a payment device that can accept cash, magnetic cards or scan the QR code. In the past, three devices were required to respond to different payment methods.
Most buses and bus stations are equipped with sensors and detection devices that can collect the position and status of a bus in real time. Bus stations can also predict the arrival time of the next bus with an accuracy rate of up to 97%.