Parking by the People For the People

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Welcome to

Parking for the People

Have you recently moved into a neighborhood and afraid to bring your car for fear of the oppressive metermaid? I feel your pain.

I don't like cars. I like oppressive regimes even less.

tl;dr Avoidance, Awareness, and Prevention of parking tickets using Tensorflow, PiCamera, and Metermaids.

The purpose of this project was to provide a lazy way to avoid parking tickets. People (like me) who park in residential areas, especially in 2 hour limited parking know the desire to park for as long as possible without having to move every two hours. Normally what ruins that availability is the dreadful driveby of a metermaid Interceptor. With this set of tools, one can park their car, knowing that a notification will arrive via text message notifying them of a passing metermaid. This should mark their 'official' 2 hour parking time limit. As the metermaid should only be able to assume the car had just parked there.

We combined Tensorflow image classification with a raspberry pi motion detection and speed measuring program.

When Image is captured (moving car is in field of view), the image is sent for analysis to an instance running Tensorflow, with trained data. If image is a match, a message is sent via twilio with a link to the image for human verification.

PiCamera Car Monitor --> TensorFlow Classification --> SMS Message

**This is a free, open-source project and the developers are in no_way accountable for parking tickets because of rebellious, citation-breaking citizens.

Special Thanks

Note: Due to the nature of this hackathon, the final prototype has not been fully tested with classification in a 'real' street environment. Also, as of now, full automation with regards to uploading and processing have not been fully utilized. Performing locally proved much easier in debugging (and on the wallet). Right now it will upload **all image files, which can be a lot if you live on a heavy-traffic street.