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The Spanish city of Valencia is already testing its plans to digitise the management of its loading and unloading sites.

The ambitious plan, which is part of the Smart City project, uses special sensors to reduce the time drivers spend searching for locations. Thanks to the technology, the Valencian authorities will be able transform more than 1,000 parking spaces in the city into ‘smart spaces’

The system will make it possible for drivers to geolocate these spaces and check their availability in real-time. This will be made possible through a special mobile application and a number of websites (València al minute, Geoportal or AppValència). Information on occupancy rates will also be analysed by the city authorities in order to improve Valencia’s infrastructure.

In total, some 1060 such ‘smart spaces’ are to be provided, including taxi stops and parking spaces for disabled people. The system will be launched in the first quarter of next year. However, by summer 2020, sensors had already been installed in 65 points across the city.

The authorities in Valencia hope that the system will allow for a reduction in both C02 emissions and the time drivers spend searching for a place. The latter is of course crucial with regards to the urban supply of goods, which is operating with increasing intensity at this moment in time.

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