The typical places in Kuala Lumpur, we have experience and grew with the progress of this beautiful city is messed with traffic issues. This city once was once a town of tin quarry and jungle has transformed itself to one of the busiest cities in Southeast Asia.
Like many other Asian countries, we favor to have our cars to drive around. It is always easier and more suitable to have a car to drive around. You can see some families have more cars than the drivers and this tendency is still ongoing up to today. With such habit, everyone owns more cars and it creates a huge traffic jam in Kuala Lumpur every day.
Thus, we had to spend hours in a car every day due to traffic jam in KL. Then, we spend time to find a car park not forgetting how classy per hour you have to pay. There are also petrol price and toll fees. Driving a car is not as first-class as it looks.
We drive around to visit restaurants for appraisal for our blog. There are quite a number of places in KL that is quite infamous for not having parking spaces. Bangsar, Pudu, Mid Valley, Desa Sri Hartamas are the few names we can believe of and of course there more out there.
Take a few examples from our individual experiences. Whenever we needed to do a food review in places like Desa Sri Hartamas, getting a parking space is like hitting a Jackpot. Same goes to our preferred wantan mee places in Cheras, it took us a while to find a parking space.
Same goes to some of the well-liked restaurants in Pudu, parking spaces are scarce as the shop lots were built ages ago without any future planning. The struggle is real guys; food hunting for our blog is never easy.
Do you know according to Uber Malaysia’s Research every KL car owner spends 152 hours a year searching for parking? I guess it is good to spend the time on something better, right?
Ever wonder how many cars we have in KL? Well Uber Malaysia did a research on this as well, envisage this. KL needs a space the size of 9 KLCCs to park all its cars. That is a lot of cars if you asked us.
By 2020, the peak congestion will be 4.5 times worse. What if we can do something today to make it better?
Let us share a few of our true experiences in wasting time in traffic jams. On certain days, we might have to attend a few meetings or events and due to the traffic overcrowding, we spent a whole day instead of just hours in getting from one place to another.
If there is a small accident or rain, the traffic jam will be intolerable. For those who are staying at the greater outer of KL, they need to wake up at 6pm to reach to their office early to avoid the traffic or else they might get wedged in the jam for hours. This wasted time could be your precious time with your friends and families.
Not forgetting owning a car means you have to disburse monthly installments, insurance, maintenance, petrol fees, tolls and miscellaneous.
Then, the unbearable car park. Some car parks in KL are charging really lofty prices. By parking in the city might cost hundreds of ringgit per month. Imagine you can save the money for your own personal use or shopping?
It is always nice to own car but to have it in the city it is not so cool after all. Maybe there is an improved solution for traffic jam and parking spaces?
4 tech solutions that will solve the problem
1. Help From Abroad: The Malaysia City Brain
Came to notice recently, the Malaysia City Brain initiative was brought in by China’s Alibaba in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL).
2. Smart Traffic Management System
An alike effort to the City Brain platform that has already been introduced locally is the Smart Traffic Management system in Cyberjaya. More commonly known as the Smart Traffic Light system, the technology workings via integrating pre-existing traffic light and camera installations with a smart analytics platform.
3. Smart Parking Technologies
Smart parking technology may have many diverse modes of implementation, but they all possess a similar end goal—to help relieve traffic congestion. Many cities around the globe have implemented their own smart parking ideas, each with their own different approach and results.
The Express Park system in Los Angeles keeps trail of vacant parking bays throughout the locale and adjusts prices accordingly. Doing this eases the traffic flow in overly crowded areas by hiking up its prices and directing locals to areas where there are more empty spots. A mobile app also allows drivers to book vacant spots ahead of time, and system has so far been able to recover the average occupancy of parking spots in the city by 15%.
Ride-sharing isn’t unknown. In fact, it feels like it’s been around for ages. But while the services of Grab and Uber have become more extensive in recent times, an Uber-commissioned report by Boston Consulting Group said that peak-hour congestion in Kuala Lumpur could still be reduced by up to 91% if ride-sharing was used to its fullest potential.