By providing accurate, up-to-date information about the number of available parking spaces at each stop, this system will help drivers determine if it is safe to continue to the next rest area or if they should stop at their current location. The system uses a network of cameras to monitor parking availability at truck stops, automatically identifying available spaces in real time. In this project, the information will be used to notify drivers and carriers about parking availability via a website, in-cab messaging, and variable message displays a few miles ahead of the rest area on the highway.
The ability to determine when and where to stop within hours-of-service (HOS) requirements could help drivers and carriers make better overall trip and operations decisions. The project will also provide data on facility use, which could be used by MnDOT and private truck stop owners to determine if existing facilities are suitable for demand. The data can also be used to plan needed improvement or expansion projects.