Several US government departments – HUD, DOT and EPA – are working together to create “sustainable communities.” These are defined as places that have a variety of housing and transportation choices, with destinations close to home. The goal is to lower transportation costs, reduce air pollution, decrease infrastructure costs, preserve historic properties, save people time in traffic and meet market demand for different types of housing at different prices points. Sustainable communities use strategies and techniques to invest in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods, but these strategies will look different in each place depending on the community’s character, and needs.
Robotic Parking Systems can contribute to sustainable communities in multiple ways such as creating green space for pedestrians and community areas, reducing pollution, and preserving the character of neighborhoods.
Just because transportation alternatives exist, it doesn’t mean everyone will get rid of their cars. And, there will still be parking facilities needed to store these cars. However, an automated, robotic parking garage can fit twice as many cars in half the space of a conventional garage. The space saved by this type of compact parking structure can be used by planners, architects and developers for more green space, pedestrian areas or other features to improve the community. The better space utilization provides more freedom to design and create greener and more livable communities.
Robotic Parking Systems can help reduce the traffic congestion and accompanying pollution of people driving around and around looking for a safe, convenient place to park. A DOT research report stated that over 50% of the traffic in urban areas is just cars cruising around the block searching for vacant, convenient parking spaces.
A Robotic Parking System reduces pollution inside a garage by using electromechanical automated parking machinery to move cars into parking spaces. No cars run inside the garage, and there is no driving up and down ramps and through aisles in search of a space.
Additionally, the facade of the garage can be customized to fit the architectural style of any neighborhood.
All of these factors contribute to more aesthetic, livable and sustainable communities.