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Helta, Michael
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Motivated by the fact that Maryland has multiple parking facilities that are at capacity such that commuters spend time searching for parking spaces to a point that can negatively impact their decision to take the commuter rail or rapid transit, this study evaluated a pilot deployment of an Automated Valet Parking (AVP) technology, implemented from March 2019 to June 2021, to test the benefits transit agencies can obtain from deploying automated parking technology. This study is a part of the Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program, funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) to support development and testing of innovative solutions for advancing transit practice. The deployment involved operation of low-speed automated vehicles in the parking lots of two Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train stations in suburban Maryland, equipped with a software kit enabling vehicles to drive and park autonomously within mapped parking lots and garages (equivalent to Society of Automotive Engineers [SAE] Level Four autonomous driving). In addition, four surveys of 164 MARC commuter rail riders were conducted during the pilot study.

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Motivated by the fact that Maryland has multiple parking facilities that are at capacity such that commuters spend time searching for parking spaces to a point that can negatively impact their decision to take the commuter rail or rapid transit, this study evaluated a pilot deployment of an Automated Valet Parking (AVP) technology, implemented from March 2019 to June 2021, to test the benefits transit agencies can obtain from deploying automated parking technology. This study is a part of the Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program, funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) to support development and testing of innovative solutions for advancing transit practice. The deployment involved operation of low-speed automated vehicles in the parking lots of two Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train stations in suburban Maryland, equipped with a software kit enabling vehicles to drive and park autonomously within mapped parking lots and garages (equivalent to Society of Automotive Engineers [SAE] Level Four autonomous driving). In addition, four surveys of 164 MARC commuter rail riders were conducted during the pilot study.

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Connected and Automated Parking Feasibility – A Pilot Study
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