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October 14, 2016

Maximize Land Use with Automated Parking

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Automated parking systems are a thing of the present, but their full potential has not yet been reached. There are many places in which these modern systems would be perfectly suited to make parking better in a large number of ways. Owners and developers just need to be made aware of these significant advantages, such as the parking footprint reduction, and the systems’ substantial ability to save space.

How much space can automated parking really save?

The amount of space that automated parking can save is extensive. Depending on the location, these systems could save up to 87% of a standard parking lot. For example, a One-Acre Surface Lot is approximately 43,560 square feet and generally accommodates 144 vehicles. Each of the available automated parking structures has the potential to save a significant space:

  • The Two-Level Stacker covers 20,038 square feet, which saves 54% of the lot’s space. Retrieving a car takes only 23 seconds, approximately.
  • The Three-Level Puzzle system requires only 15,681 square feet, thereby saving 64% of a standard one-acre lot. The vehicles can still be retrieved in a brief 40 seconds. An increase in levels of the Puzzle automated parking saves even more space, with only minor increases in car retrieval time.
  • The Aisle system saves yet more space than the Puzzle and Stacker, with only a 5,663 square foot requirement, saving 87% of a one-acre lot’s space. The Tower automated system saves even more, needing only 4,791 square feet.

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Can saving space really reduce the parking footprint?

The more space there is for parking, the more people can park and shop, eat, and do business. Doing this safely this is a primary overall goal for developers. Currently, there are also concerns about the environmental impact of these major parking projects.

Automated parking systems are ultimately far more eco-friendly than standard parking structures. One of the ways they accomplish this is via the overall reduction of car-occupied space. By lessening the number of vehicles in a single area, these machines reduce traffic flow and congestion, which thereby decreases the pollution normally caused by a large collection of cars, and some risks of other related incidents. The parking footprint is also cut thanks to the parking mechanics themselves; when no cars are running in a structure, no fumes collect in the air and the machinery used in automated parking does not cause pollution. Utilizing less space for parking also leaves room for other developments or open areas.

If you want to know more about how these systems can reduce your parking footprint by saving you space, contact us at CityLift. We’re ready to help make the world of parking a better place.

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