In the New York Times article Paved, but Still Alive, Michael Kimmelman stated:
There are said to be at least 105 million and maybe as many as 2 billion parking spaces in the United States.
A third of them are in parking lots, those asphalt deserts that we claim to hate but that proliferate for our convenience.
In “Rethinking a Lot,” a new study of parking, due out in March, Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that “in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.”
Land is one of the most valuable resources of any city. And, green spaces and common areas in which people can interact are essential to creating cities that are beautiful, livable, safe and desirable to businesses, tourists and residents.
While the number of cars and resulting parking spaces keep growing, many architects and developers are looking at automated, robotic parking garages as a strategy for better space utilization for parking needs.
Automated parking facilities use 50% less space than a conventional ramp-style parking garage and only a fraction of the space taken up by large, sprawling parking lots. The Robotic Parking Systems’ technology greatly increases the speed and efficiency of parking so that even the largest garage or parking lot can be made much smaller.
Robotic Parking Systems:
- gives architects and developers more freedom to design and create greener and more livable communities without the need for sprawling parking lots.
- provides safe, convenient parking that gets cars off the road and creates space that could be used for pedestrians and bicycles.
- offers the convenience of valet parking without the valet.
- generates less pollution and greenhouse gases.
- provides complete flexibility in the design of the facade which can increase aesthetics and allow the garage to blend with any neighborhood or project.
Robotic Parking Systems offer solutions for urban environments that create more green space, less parking space and make better use of the city’s land resources.