First, technology advances came slowly. Now, they are coming quickly. For many tech startups, the goal is to disrupt the status quo in industries that have not seen a shake up in decades. Some startups have set their sights on the parking industry. In cities like Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, parking is scarce and difficult to find. In some of those same cities, robotic parking systems are being tested and used. Autonomous parking solutions offer enticing benefits that may redefine how cars are parked in a parking garage and how parking structures can be maximized.
Optimize Parking Capacity
Traditional parking structures require ramps and enough space to allow car drivers and their passengers to comfortably exit their vehicles. Since autonomous car solutions use cranes, conveyors and shuttles, vehicles can basically be safely stacked on top of each other. The space in a parking structure is, therefore, maximized and so is the number of cars that can be parked inside. The more vehicles a structure can hold, the more likely the structure owner can expect to see a sizable profit.
Building a new parking structure requires a budget that takes into account space that will and will not provide income. Autonomous parking structures require less non-profit producing space, though. Even if the structure owner decides to renovate an existing parking structure into an autonomous parking structure, future cost savings can be anticipated. Since ramps, driveways and space in between vehicles is mostly eliminated, construction takes less time. The sooner a structure project is completed, the less will be paid out for labor costs, too. There will also be a savings on overhead costs like lighting, ventilation and heating.
An autonomous parking option offers drivers a host of benefits, too. Parking in this kind of structure means that the driver will not need to hand their keys off to a third-party. They keep them at all times. Since cars will be parked in the next available space automatically, time and gas will not be spent circling the structure. Scrapes and dents are less likely to occur to their vehicle and drivers will not cause them to the vehicles of others.
Times are changing. Autonomous parking solutions offer to maximize a parking structure’s space, cost savings and driver safety.