Apparatus and method for locating, identifying and tracking vehicles in a parking area

  • US 7,893,848 B2
  • Filed: 10/10/2008
  • Issued: 02/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/03/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for use in the management of vehicle parking in a vehicle parking area having a plurality of vehicle parking spaces, the method comprising:

  • determining the locations of vacant vehicle parking spaces; and

    displaying the locations of vacant vehicle parking spaces to people seeking to park vehicles, wherein the step of determining the locations of vacant vehicle parking spaces comprises;

    repeatedly capturing a sequence of images of pre-defined vehicle parking spaces;

    processing the repeatedly captured sequence of images of the pre-defined vehicle parking spaces resulting in segmentation of the respective images into vehicle and non-vehicle objects; and

    identifying one or more features in the respective processed captured images, wherein the features are representative of a vehicle'"'"'s presence.

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