US Congressman Charlie Crist Visits Robotic Parking Systems

Congressman Charlie Crist Visits Robotic Parking Systems

US Congressman Charlie Crist recently visited the Robotic Parking Systems Inc manufacturing facility in Clearwater, FL where he received a demonstration of the company’s innovative automated parking technology.

Congressman Charlie Crist Views Robotic Parking Systems Technology

Congressman Crist represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District which covers Pinellas County where the company is located. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, he strongly supports entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Robotic Parking Systems Inc manufacturers high-speed automated parking facilities from hundreds to thousands of parking spaces in half the space of conventional garages. The company’s product creates space, offers greater security for people and their cars, reduces pollutants and is uniquely positioned to work with emerging transportation technologies such as autonomous driving cars.

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We believe man deserves better …

  • Better parking experience – premium valet without the tip.
  • Better safety and security for individuals and their cars.
  • Better environment – more green space – less pollution. 
  • Less congestion.
  • Better use of land and development space.
  • Better revenues and profits.

These are the driving principles behind Robotic Parking Systems’ patented, high-speed automatic parking facilities.

The premium valet service of robotic parking reduces the risk of personal injury. Just pull into the entry terminal, keep the keys and let automation park the car. No walking to and from the car through a parking garage. And, since no public are allowed inside the facility, dings, dents, theft and vandalism of cars are virtually eliminated.

Robotic Parking Systems' happy and satisfied users.

The need for a better parking solution is acute. Studies (1) report that up to 50% of traffic congestion is generated by drivers searching for parking. This unnecessary cruising contributes substantially to pollution and increases carbon footprint. The cost of congestion in the US is estimated to be $133 billion dollars by 2015 (2). Networked Urban Environment states that “traffic congestion-related expenses represent between 1 percent and 3 percent of most cities’ GDP.”

Robotic Parking reduces parking jams.

A Robotic Parking System is a space saving and cost-effective alternative to conventional parking facilities. The technology offers a better use of development space that results in more revenues and profits.

(1) Studies by DOT, Boston College, MIT and others
(2) Texas Transportation Institute

Robotic Parking Systems Offer Several Advantages That Contribute to Green Parking

Robotic Parking Systems offer architects and developers interested in building “green parking” facilities several advantages over more conventional garages.

One “green” advantage of a Robotic Parking System is the conservation of space. Since drivers do not have to walk within the structure, the clearance only needs to accommodate vehicles. The densely stacked automated solution takes a parking to a new level as it allows the Robotic Parking System to use 50% less space to park the same number of cars as a conventional parking garage. The amount of land used affects sustainability issues such as development density and maximizing open space.


Another “green” advantage is that by using electromechanical automated parking machinery to move cars into parking spaces, Robotic Parking Systems reduce pollution inside a garage . 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.

Did you know that tire and brake dust pollutants 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.

Personal vehicles are inevitable despite attempts to promote ride-share, public transportation and other means. Using a Robotic Parking System is a step toward greater efficiency and green parking.

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Parking Design Competition Winners Announced

The International Parking Institute (IPI) recently recognized seven of the industry’s most outstanding parking facilities and operations with its 2012 Awards of Excellence, citing innovation, efficiency, sustainability and user-friendliness as key factors in the selection.

“The 2012 winners exemplify the fact that our industry is no longer just about parking cars; it’s about being part of transportation solutions, relieving traffic congestion, taking a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint and so much more,” said IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE. “We have a responsibility to encourage and support the use of alternative forms of transportation, from bicycles and light rail to electric vehicles, and each of our winners demonstrates that commitment. They all combine sustainability, aesthetics, and efficient technology and support the concept that ‘getting from here to there’ should be a good experience.”

Winners were selected by a panel of judges representing architects, parking corporations, and city, airport, and university officials.

Architectural Achievement: GEICO Garage, Orlando, Fl. (at Amway Center, home of Orlando Magic)

Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces: Intermodal Transit Facility, City of Hillsboro, Ore.

Best Design of a Parking Facility with More than 800 Spaces: Duke University Research Drive Parking Garage, Durham, N.C. Duke University

Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot: 573 Gerrard Street East with Zhong Hua Men Archway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Parking Authority

Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program and Sustainable Parking/Transportation Program or Operation: University of Minnesota’s Bike Center and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Program, Minneapolis, Minn.

Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration: Corcoran Parking Garage Restoration, Durham, N.C.

Sustainable Parking and Transportation (Design): Canopy Airport Parking, Denver, Colo.

See photos and get more information on these parking facilities.

Automated parking garages contribute significantly toward reducing carbon footprint, pollution and greenhouse gases. Additionally, Robotic Parking Systems can contribute between 10 and 17 LEED points toward certification for any project.

Robotic Parking Systems Lower Development Costs – Safe, Secure and Reliable Parking Structures for Less Than Conventional Garages

One of the common misconceptions about robotic parking is that it costs more per parking space than a conventional concrete garage. While this is often true if land costs are low, a robotic parking garage will ALWAYS save developers money if land costs are $80 to $100 or more per square foot.

Why is this always true? Because a Robotic Parking System uses half the land area for the same number of parking spaces as a conventional concrete garage.

Take a look at the chart below:
 development costs convention vs robotic parking

In this example, you can easily see that the savings in land cost more than makes up for the additional construction cost of the automated parking system. The total development costs (including land, construction costs and soft costs) are lowered by $325,000 just by using a Robotic Parking System instead of a conventional concrete garage.

 Additionally, robotic parking offers more benefits to the developer as well as the users of the parking facility.

Some of these benefits include:

  • premium valet service without the valet
  • greater security for people and their vehicles
  • drastically reduces risk of personal injury
  • virtually eliminates dings, dents, theft and vandalism to vehicles
  • lower lighting and ventilation requirements
  • reduces CO2 emissions and other pollutants and greenhouse gases
  • reduces carbon footprint
  • fully enclosed – in comparison to a fully enclosed conventional garage, the Robotic Parking System reduces operating costs by more than 50%
  • lower insurance costs
  • underground applications can save as much as 50% on the excavation alone
  • contributes significantly to LEED points for project certification
  • can use any type of facade to blend into the project or neighborhood
  • true redundancy and unprecedented uptime – no single machine failure will ever result in the system being inoperable

 So, if your land costs for your project are $80 to $100 per square foot, save money with Robotic Parking Systems.

ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ May 2012 Newsletter Online

The May 2012 issue of ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ newsletter is available online.

Robotic Parking Systems May 2012 ParkSmart Newsletter

In this issue we cover:

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Contact us to learn more or to see how a custom designed automated parking facility can benefit your project.

Robotic Parking Systems Eliminate Tons of Tire and Brake Dust Pollutants

Using a Robotic Parking System contributes significantly to “green” parking solutions. The automatic parking system eliminates literally tons of tire and brake dust every year from the environment in addition to other toxic pollutants.

Robotic Parking System - Green Parking

In a 748 space automated garage, for example, 37 tons of tire dust pollutants and 3.7 tons of brake dust pollutants are eliminated every year because vehicles are moved by electromechanical machinery in the parking garage rather than being driven through aisles and up and down ramps.

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