Is this parking space free?

A friend of mine told me about this recently and I just had to see it with my own eyes!

Imagine you’re driving around in an underground parking lot, trying to find a free space. I guess two scenarios are common:

  • a space appears to be empty, but as you get to it you see that someone just parked a little bit deeper inside the space and you just couldn’t see him from a distance.
  • at every crossroads you try to see if something is empty and you should turn or continue straight (after all you can’t just stand there for a couple of minutes, because the drivers behind you will start honking).

So how to make parking easy and convenient? Check out this picture:

Colorful lights above the spaces indicated if they're free.

Colorful lights above the spaces indicated if they’re free.

Now what you see here are lights above every space which indicate if it’s free (by lighting up in either green, blue or red)! Genius! So you can just look at the lights and decide in a split second if parking is possible in this row.

The possible colors.

The possible colors.

Now obviously (because it’s a western country) red means the space is occupied and green means “free”. OK, but what’s blue? At first I thought it’s for spaces for the handicapped, because normally those are marked in blue paint. Well there was nothing like that, so I just parked there 🙂 I don’t want to say anything bad, because the idea is awesome, so here’s my explanation: the shopping mall where the parking lot is located is quite new and they’re gonna turn those into handicapped spaces shortly 🙂