The Coming Boom in Robotic Parking Garages

Imagine your vehicle delivered to you in moments by an automated valet summoned via your smartphone.

The old adage in real estate is location, location, location. When it comes to parking lots, it is space, space, space. And space is precisely the idea behind a small but growing number of parking garages that use robotics to move and park more than two times as many cars as conventional garages.

That space saving can mean huge revenues in cities like New York, where individual
spaces in conventional parking garages can sell for six figures. Automated garages offer reduced operational expenses as well, since they don’t

require attendants. But perhaps their biggest attraction to potential customers is a vastly improved user experience. Forget hard-to-navigate ramps, rush-hour congestion, exhaust-laden air, or the scary enclosed spaces car owners must walk through when searching for their vehicles.

… Another company, Robotic Parking Systems Inc., based in Clearwater, Fla., also maintains that automated parking garages allow two times or more cars in the same footprint of space than a conventional parking garage. “The reason for that is you don’t have to have ramps for driving around to different levels or aisles to drive down,” explains Chief Administrative Officer Mary Lou DeWynGaert. “The cars can be in a racking system and are close together, and you don’t have to provide space for a person to get out. You don’t have pedestrian areas for walkways, and by eliminating that and using a steel rack system you get more cars in.”

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