As with many things, automation is changing the game for parking garages and other parking systems and services. The newest trend coming to the U.S. has been used around the world for some time now and has proven quite successful in helping alleviate the biggest issue with cities when it comes to parking.
Automated parking systems are designed to allow cars to be stacked vertically, parked closer, and brought into and out of the parking spaces by robotic systems so that the driver doesn’t even have to park the car. You may have heard of these systems by other names, too:
- Mechanical parking facility
- Automated parking facility
- Automated vehicle storage and retrieval system
- Robotic parking garage
- Car parking system
- Robotic parking system
All of these systems essentially refer to the same thing. And it’s just as simple as it sounds. Drivers will pull up to the entrance into an entry cabin. Then, everyone gets out of the car and once activated from a kiosk or app, the mechanical system moves it from the cabin to an available space in the garage.
Automated parking systems are effective because they:
- Save space and reach the parking capacity in a smaller volume
- Free up real estate for revenue generation and the creation of green spaces
- Use automated systems, therefore reducing the need for staff to run the garage
- Don’t leave parking up to the drivers, reducing the owner’s liability
In some projects rooftop parking is replaced by space for solar panels that can power the entire garage or parking facility. The goal is to provide more efficient parking solutions while also reducing the footprint of parking facilities in cities that have limited space, and these mechanical parking systems do it well.