Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Auto & Opinions: Best Tesla Model S-Friendly Car Park Map For Hong Kong

My map marking both good and bad car parks
Image from Locky's English Playground
Can't say I'm struggling with time, but I have place my research projects and assignments higher on my priority list than last semester, which is why I'm finding it difficult to keep up with 3 posts a week these days, but if there is anything interesting enough, I will always share it here.

This is one of the projects I have been working on since August 2014, called Best Model S-friendly Car Park Map. At that time, I was not yet a frequent driver, so I did not frequently visit car parks in Hong Kong. Due to the size of the Tesla Model S, its width in particular, and the smallness of parking spaces and entrances for most car parks in Hong Kong, I reckon newbies like me will need a little help in choosing the best car park around Hong Kong. Turns out, other Model S owners have had the same concern and my map has helped quite a number of people in finding the safest parking spot at unfamiliar districts.

Car parks are separated into 3 categories, charging Model S-friendly car parks (consists of red, blue and light green stars), non-charging Model S-friendly car parks (consists of purple circles), and blacklisted Model S-unfriendly car parks (consists of black diamonds).


Red Star: Superchargers and Model S-friendly
Blue Star: 40A or 32A chargers and Model S-friendly
Light Green Star: 13A chargers and Model S-friendly
Purple Circle: Model S-friendly
Black Diamonds: Blacklisted for various reasons

Whether the car parks are considered Model S-friendly or unfriendly depends on the comments provided by fellow owners who have experience in that particular car parks, or internet sources such as YouTube and newspapers.

Image from Locky's English Playground

Say for example the Olympian City 1 car park, it has been given a light green star and thus it has a 13A charger available, by clicking on the star, additional information will be displayed, including YouTube videos of drivers entering and exiting the car parks, condition of the charging spots, discounts related to the car park, spending amount to enjoy free parking, as well as the official website of the car park.

Basically, it provides a quick glance of a particular car park and its key information at your finger tips.

Since this project is on-going, it will only get better and better with the increasing amount of sharing from fellow owners. It is recommended that you too share your comments with me and share this map with friends who owns big cars. All rights reserved though, particularly the concept of this map.

Best Tesla Model S-Friendly Car Park Map For Hong Kong @Google My Maps