It’s Friday night and you’re driving around a crowded parking garage, hoping to get lucky and catch someone pulling out of a spot so you don’t have to drive around the structure three times, endlessly looking for an empty space. You finally find a spot that is hardly large enough to be considered a parking space, and you pray that the person next to you doesn’t leave a dent. You start to think it would have been a better idea to give in and pay for valet. We have all been there. Luckily, you no longer have to find yourself in this sort of situation ever again because automated parking facilities are here to save the day!
In a car-heavy city that treats parking spaces like prime real estate, Los Angeles is the perfect candidate for automated parking systems. Although the concept is still fairly new to North America, it has been used throughout Europe and Asia for the past decade or so. Angelenos will be happy to hear that there have been a few systems popping up around the Greater Los Angeles area. In fact, we are excited to say that we will be incorporating this concept into many of our new projects. The best part? Automated parking is not only beneficial for drivers, but also for developers. Read on to discover just how automated parking systems work, as well as the multiple benefits they provide.
Parking with ease
Parking your car at an automated parking garage is a walk in the park (which you will now have more time to do)! You will activate the external door and pull your vehicle into the garage onto the designated space. You will then turn off the ignition, lock the vehicle, activate the system and exit the garage. From this point on, you are free to go! While you are on your way to your destination, your vehicle is loaded onto the mechanically operated rack and carried to the next available parking space.
This method of parking is attractive to drivers because it is safe and convenient. The user is the only one who drives the vehicle and the machine is the only one to park it. In addition, ground level access eliminates the use of stairs, elevators or escalators. For this reason, the entry and exit points can be easily designed to accommodate for wheelchair access. Best of all, when you are ready to leave, the average vehicle retrieval time is 40 to 180 seconds. Who can say they have been able to retrieve their car in a traditional parking garage in that amount of time? Not many.
Benefits for developers
At The Automated Parking Solution, we are always looking for ways to show developers how to unlock the potential value of a property that they never knew existed. For this reason, we strive to provide developers, building owners and municipalities an innovative and state-of-the-art approach to fully automated parking.
If a developer chooses to add an automated parking facility to their multi-unit or mixed-use property, they will save on space and cost. For one, because the system is automated, there is no longer a need for human-operated pay stations. In addition, the system is a compact option to meet city parking requirements, but can fit twice as many cars than a traditional garage. In essence, it is a smarter use of available land. Music to a developers ears, right?
But wait, there’s more! Automated parking is an environmentally friendly solution because there is longer a need to idle around a parking structure looking for an open space. The construction also requires less materials to build. In addition, the system contributes to public safety because it is less likely that car theft, break ins, or assault would occur.
So there you have it. Whether you are a developer or a landlord, automated parking is a great alternative to traditional parking garages. Not only does it save you money, but it also saves space and improves curb appeal with less building density and visual bulk.
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