Automotive companies have done a lot to make parking easier, safer, and more convenient for drivers. But while those efforts have improved quality of life, sometimes they’ve also created new problems. As more of us flock to cities, parking is becoming more of a challenge than ever-whether we’re looking for an empty parking spot or just trying to get somewhere on time. We spoke with engineers, designers, and architects to get ideas on what the future of parking may hold.
The future of parking is likely to be a lot more convenient and efficient-and the technology is already here. In fact, it’s not too difficult to see how parking could become a thing of the past. Self-parking cars will automatically drive into space and then back out, eliminating the need for drivers to find a parking space. Furthermore, electric cars will be able to drive through narrow spaces where they wouldn’t fit before.
In the future, parking will be as easy as ordering an Uber. When you arrive at your destination, a parking meter will display a time limit, so you know exactly how much time you have left. When the meter expires, the car automatically drives away, leaving the car in perfect condition so that you can pick it up the next morning. When you return, the car stops and automatically moves into your spot. It’s like a valet, but it’s free.
If you’re driving a car, and you’re not parked, you’re parking. This seems like a no-brainer, but in a world where parking is being taken over completely by automated technology, what does the future of parking look like? Will we have to park our cars, or are there still ways for humans to play a role in parking?
Modern parking meters will be electronic
It is no secret that parking spots are one of the most difficult things to find in the modern world. Especially in big cities, it is nearly impossible to find a convenient parking spot, and for people who have to drive long distances, it is a daily nightmare. The parking meters are the perfect solution for this problem. These meters not only provide a convenient solution for finding a parking spot but also provide a safe and secure environment for people who have to park their cars in a busy area. Modern parking meters are electronic, which normally means they’re pretty similar to those you see in your neighborhood. There are some changes from year to year, but with bells, lights, and credit card machines, the basic technology stays the same. But the future of parking meters won’t be about bells or credit cards. For starters, the familiar machines are just too expensive to support. But even more important, there’s a new generation of parking meters under development that could make them all obsolete.
Reusable Construction for parking
Parking garages are often an eyesore, and parking lots can also be rather boring to sit in. As such, there hasn’t been much innovation within this industry, but that could change in the near future. This could all change with the introduction of self-driving cars, which will feature some pretty advanced sensors that can safely park the vehicle through the bollards. Speaking of which, these days safety bollards have reflective covers (check ballard covers) to help drivers park easily. Of course, self-driving cars would have sensors to detect the area’s availability. As a result, there are a lot more intelligent vehicles, most of which will be able to handle themselves within confined spaces.
The parking lot as we know it is changing, and it’s happening gradually but surely. In the U.S., over half of the new vehicles sold in 2014 were electric, according to the NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association). While still a small percentage, vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt, and Nissan Leaf are changing how we think about automotive transportation. As part of the auto industry’s first step to moving into a new and emerging era, we have been seeing a lot of trends in the car industry. Perhaps one of the most exciting ones would be how some businesses are now employing self-driving trucks made using commercialization-ready autonomous solutions provided by the likes of Torc Robotics or similar companies to transport cargo from one place to another. Similarly, another trend that has been growing in popularity is car sharing. So, with all these factors in play, what do you think about the future of parking?
There is a lot of talk about the future of parking, and not just in cities. At the moment, parking is often built to meet the needs of drivers, and many of the solutions are designed around them. There will be more space, technology, and cars that have better ways of getting around in the future.