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Policy and Decision-Making White Paper

ROBOTIC PARKING SYSTEMS, INC. GARAGES:
INHERENTLY SAFER, GREENER, MORE COMPACT, AESTHETIC & LOWER OPERATING COSTS

A “PARKADIGM” SHIFT IN PARKING GARAGE DESIGN ©

Author: Roger C. Courtney, Esq.

Reducing risks in parking lots and garages is a major concern. “Because parking facilities are more likely settings for crime – both violent and property – than all other real estate except residential, security is one of the most critical issues facing owners and operators of parking facilities today,” according to a National Institute of Justice research study.

Automated / robotic parking garage vendors manufacture and operate robotic parking systems for vehicles in up to one third of the footprint of a conventional concrete ramp garage. The author of this paper believes that a number of these automated/robotic parking garages may meet the principles of “inherently safer design,” “value engineering,” and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (“CPTED”). This White Paper focuses specifically on the design and technology of Robotic Parking Systems, Inc. (“RPS”).

Throughout this paper, these concepts and other benefits are discussed that show how robotic parking garages clearly outmatch concrete ramp designs. Statistics relating to how the design of a Robotic Parking System garage prevents the potential for sexual and other assault, suicide, and vehicular damage and theft are presented. Premises liability and insurance costs for garage owners are reduced. Also, since vehicles are not in operation once they are moved for storage / retrieval, greenhouse gases are reduced by over 90% vis-à-vis a standard concrete garage of the same vehicle capacity. Since all vehicle occupants depart their vehicles at the entry/exit terminal, all spaces are handicapped accessible and more.

We hope that the information and policies presented in this white paper cause a paradigm (“parkadigm”) shift in thinking so that people make the decision to seriously evaluate the beneficial design and technology advantages of automated / robotic parking.