I was fascinated by the Park Assist technology when I first saw the system at Calgary Chinook centre‘s new wing and wrote about it in detail in an earlier post (with video). Unfortunately, the Park Assist system has disappointed me over the Christmas holidays and especially on Boxing Day, one of the busiest shopping day in Canada!!!
One early morning when the parkade was empty in the back area, there were over 20 parking lights showing red, a “false negative” indicating those parking spots weren’t available when they were empty. And on Boxing Day, when the parkade was super busy, countless indicator lights were showing green, a “fales positive” indicating parking spots were available when they were occupied making shoppers extremely frustrated and disappointed (I gave up after a few minutes of looking for a parking spot)!
(Update: As you can see from the above picture, Chinook centre actually shut down the system later on Boxing Day.)
P.S. I’ve sent Park Assist an email and hopefully someone there can provide some additional information to add to this article.