A multi-state truck parking program is under way in the Midwest to give drivers real-time information to help them find available safe parking.
The Truck Parking Information and Management System (TPIMS) is the result of several Midwestern states coming together to try and find a solution to the truck parking problem. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin are all measuring how many parking spaces are available at any given time on their high-volume highways, then feeding that data into a centralized system.
This data isn’t just used for roadside electronic signage however. The data will be openly available for public and private companies alike. This could mean private developers taking the data and making it widely available via apps, websites, telematics devices and more.
When completed, TPIMS will collect data for over 150 parking locations on I-35, I-39, I-64, I-65, I-70, I-71, I-75, I-80, I-94, I-135, and U.S. Route 33 in Ohio.
Certain aspects of the program are already being tested, but it won’t be fully implemented until the summer of 2019. Though according to a spokesperson, TPIMS will have a “soft launch” in the fall of 2018.
If all goes well, the hope is that the network would grow to the rest of the country, with data for every major parking area made available for free to drivers in real time.