Real-time counts for parking spaces at truck stops: technology for the trucker rest.

The top 3 truck stops chains in the US are developing systems that will allow drivers to check smartphone apps or web portals to see where parking is available.

Love’s Travel Stops is testing sensors In a lot of locations. Jon Archard, vice president of sales. “As soon as we find a technology that performs the way we need it to, it can be installed at our 400+ locations,” he says. The goal is to allow drivers to see parking availability with the MyLove’s app or on the website.

Pilot Flying J has released ground-based radar sensors that can determine space availability.

The technology is being tested at 31 locations across the U. S. The company plans to expand the system this year, particularly at high-traffic locations.

TA/Petro has taken a more “low-tech approach” on gathering parking information, says spokesperson Tom Liutkus. “Our guys just walk the lot and count the open spots and send the info in, and we’ll update the app” with the number of open spots, It’s pretty darn accurate,” he said.