ParkSmart Issue 38 – Robotic Parking Systems Newsletter

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What makes a Robotic Parking System more “green” or environmentally friendly?

reduce carbon footprint - reduce pollutants

Robotic Parking Systems offers a more eco-friendly parking solution by:

(a) Using 50% less space to park the same number of cars as a conventional garage. Land used affects sustainability issues such as development density and maximizing open space. Use less space for parking allows architects and developers to  incorporate more green space and open areas. Plus, less space used for parking creates space for higher revenue usage.

(b) Reducing traffic congestion and accompanying pollution. Multiple studies have reported that 30% to 50% of traffic congestion in city centers is generated by drivers searching for a parking space. An efficient automated parking system allows placement of parking in convenient areas not workable for larger conventional parking.

(c) Reducing pollution inside the garage by using electro-mechanical 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. This significantly reduces the emissions of harmful gases, reduces the carbon footprint, increases carbon credits and ensures an environmentally clean parking facility.

Tire and brake dust are more toxic than all the exhaust related emissions. In a 750 space Robotic Parking System 37 tons of tire dust and 3.7 tons of brake dust pollutants are eliminated by using electro-mechanical machinery to move cars inside the garage.

(d) A review of LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations shows that a project which includes a Robotic Parking System could receive at least 10 points and as many as 17 points toward certification.

Congestion: Myth 5

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will soon arrive and will reduce congestion.

Fully autonomous (Society of Automotive Engineers Level 5) vehicles won’t reach widespread adoption until long after 2030.

Automobile and technology companies will continue to launch numerous AV pilots, but they must clear a significant number of hurdles. There are significant advancements needed in both the technology and cost. AVs will operate in limited setting for some time and cost will remain a major barrier—premium buyers and fleets will remain the primary market for AVs for some time. Once prices do come down, it will still take a long time to replace a meaningful share of the current vehicle base. There are also significant legal and ethical questions related to liability. Lastly, there are questions around how standards and infrastructure develop and who will pay for them.

Once mainstream, it’s still up for debate whether AVs will reduce or worsen congestion. The outcome hinges on a few factors: cost, riders’ willingness to share, and AVs effect on urban sprawl. It is highly possible that AV’s will induce demand for transportation due to the convenience of AVs that could increase urban sprawl and VMT.


Robotic Parking Systems has been participating in transportation technology discussions with leading companies for quite some time. One element has become very clear – emerging technologies require that the garage of the future be smart!

Our system is already connected and can receive and share as much or as little information as the owner wants on an open network.This communications platform works well for car sharing fleets, etc.

We have developed a partnership with Bosch to facilitate the parking of “autonomous driving cars” in Robotic Parking Systems’ garages. And, with optional electric charging stations, Robotic Parking Systems Inc offers the features in parking facilities required for future transportation needs.


The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to produce a report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role of parking in our cities. For the full study, visit

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved. Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association

Congestion: Myth 4

Manhattan congestion

Current parking policies are effective at setting the right parking supply and reducing congestion.


Current parking minimums lead to an oversupply of parking and induce driving, increasing congestion.

Cities could consider reducing or eliminating regulations that force builders to include a minimum number of parking spaces in new real estate developments. These policies create an oversupply in parking and can leave facilities under-utilized. Further it adds additional cost for developers — increasing the total building development cost.

On-street parking prices are not always set to market rates, which may induce circling, and drive congestion. A combination of setting market rates and introducing new parking technologies – to monitor the availability of spaces in real time – could cut down on miles driven while waiting for one to open up.


Robotic Parking Systems can provide automated parking garages at least 50-60% smaller than typical concrete ramp garages while providing the same number of parking spaces. This allows for easier placement of garages in existing cities and could potentially replace on-street parking.


The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to
produce a
report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a
solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role
of  parking in our cities. For the full study, visit

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association


Robotic Parking Systems makes every effort to offer our clients options that integrate with the latest transportation technologies.

Our optional Robotic Parking Electric Vehicle Charging © station is available with all of our automatic parking garages. Once an electric car is driven into and parked in the terminal and the charging cord connected between the vehicle and the pallet, the system can automatically charge the vehicle using a ‘Level 2’ system at the parking slot.

Once a vehicle is charged, the Robotic Parking System can automatically move the car from the charging station into non-charging slot to to make room for other vehicles to be charged.

Costs for charging stations can be provided as separate line item. Developers can then choose as few or as many charging stations as suits their project.


The Robotic Parking System built for Al Jahra Court Complex in Kuwait is one of ten on the global shortlist for the World’s Coolest Car Parks competition for 2018 (#WCCP18).

With 2,314 spaces, the Robotic Parking System at Al Jahra holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Automated Parking Facility’.

Martin Mansell, Managing Director of and one of the awards judges, said: “Our top ten demonstrate imagination, innovation and inspiration from architects around the globe, buildings we’d be happy queuing to park our cars in – we look forward to seeing which the public vote as the world’s coolest car park.”

Sophie Killip at DesignCurial and fellow judge, said: “As a design-led website, we were particularly interested in how the architects had used the space in intriguing and clever ways, challenging the traditional view of car parks and transforming the buildings into something exciting.”

We would love to have your vote for Kuwait’s Al Jahra Court Robotic Parking System. Voting ends on 30 June. VOTE HERE!