Smart Parking Technology Trial

The Department of Transport is working to help Victorians make simple, connected journeys on our transport network.

As part of this, we trialled new parking technology at Berwick Station and Beaconsfield Station to make catching the train easier.

The trial used technology to detect when car parking spaces are available, making it easier for passengers to plan their journey by sharing this data through smartphone apps and electronic roadside signs.

The Smart Car Parking trial has now concluded. The trial was delivered by the Victorian Department of Transport’s Car Parks for Commuters program and concluded 31 July. Passengers who use the car parks at Berwick and Beaconsfield stations are encouraged to fill out our survey on the trial at Engage Victoria.

Used the app?

Let us know what you think – complete our short Smart Parking user survey on Engage Victoria. The survey is open until 15 August.

Questions and Answers

What was the Smart Parking trial about?

The Department of Transport works to provide simple, connected journeys for our passengers.

With more people catching the train, providing live data on when and how car parks are being used lets passengers see what parking is available at their local station, creating a smoother journey and reducing the need to circle around looking for a park.

Smart Car Parking can help free up local streets and encourage more people to catch the train by better informing their travel choices.

How did this work?

The trial provided live data about car park availability via a smartphone app available on both Android and iPhone. We also installed electronic roadside signs at key locations on approach to station car parks to keep commuters updated on how many spots were available.

Was there a charge for using the app?

No. The app was free to download and use.

Did you need to register any details to use the app?

No. You did not need to register any details to start using the Smart Parking Trial app.

How did you deliver this information when commuters were on the move, given using a mobile phone is illegal while driving?

Passengers were encouraged to check the app before leaving home, so that they could know before they go. Electronic message boards also displayed the same live data on roadsides near the car park entrances.

How do I get in touch if I have any questions about the trial?

If you have any questions about the Smart Car Parking trial, please contact the Car Parks for Commuters team on 1800 105 105 or [email protected].