The search for that elusive empty slot, tight spaces and inconveniences of badly parked vehicles, all a part of the stressful car parking experience are now taken over and made their own by Car parking systems. Our Special correspondent shares interactions with some major names in the business.
There's a spoof on a popular Hindi film scene depicting values a few decades in the future, which goes something like this:
"Character A: I have a Mercedes, an Audi, a BMW… what do you have?
Character B: I have PARKING SPACE!"
The growing open space crunch, traffic overloads in any area you care to think about with no reduction in the number of cars on road in sight, parking is already stretched. Car owners probably more stressed out by the effort of finding an empty slot than the next hike in fuel costs. The good part is that the mechanized car parking systems are coming forward to make life more comfortable by taking parking spaces to the next level, literally.
Parking systems may be designed for indoor and outdoor installation. Their flexibility to accommodate 2 to 1000 cars includes a fantastic range of customer requirements. When it comes to maintenance and operation, again the product range opens up to offer manual operation to fully automatic towers that considerately return the car correctly aligned for a straight drive out.
The smooth drive through the product life cycle is an option available to the facility management too. Incorporating the parking system at the planning stage of the facility is recommended for design optimization. Space well deployed, the automated parking system works economically in terms of power consumption and maintenance. As cars are driven on to palettes or similar structures, noise and smoke emissions are checked as the vehicles are moved around the storage. Security for the parked vehicles is a natural benefit that can be increased by restricting accessibility to the slots.