Parking congestion? There’s a drone for that

University of Massachusetts student Amir Ehsani Zonouz won the first Siemens’ Mobility IDEA (Improving Design and Engineering for All) Contest. The initiative offers prizes for innovative ideas to help solve five of the toughest challenges facing the traffic industry. Zonouz proposed using quadcopters, a type of small-scale drone, that find free parking spots, determine the shortest path to that spot, and help guide drivers to the designated space either by the driver following the drone to the spot via a mobile app or directly through a car’s communication system.