This article is contributed by
Ajay Raina, CEO, Tedra Automotive
Solutions Private Limited.
His company is dedicated towards
providing customised automated
parking solutions tailored to customer needs.
As the world grapples with population explosion exacerbated by cars strangling city centres, city planners are challenging technologists to reimagine urban communities. Ease of living become the new buzz People no longer must think about what to do with their cars when they get to their destination.
The smart parking industry continues to evolve as an increasing number of cities struggle with traffic congestion and inadequate parking availability. While the deployment of mechanical and automated multi-layer car parking systems ,sensor technologies continues to be core to the development of smart parking. However, a wide variety of other technology innovations are also enabling more adaptable systems—including cameras, wireless communications, data analytics, induction loops, smart parking meters, and advanced algorithms. The future of the smart parking market is expected to be significantly influenced by the arrival of automated vehicles (AVs). Several cities around the world are already beginning to trial self-parking vehicles, specialized AV parking lots, and robotic parking valets.
A car typically moves only 5 per cent of the time and is stationary for 95 per cent of time, with a large volume of cars remaining parked or dormant it throws up huge challenges for parking availability. The obvious frustration of driving around to find a place to park, there are adverse environmental consequences in that the amount of fuel consumed, time wasted, and pollution generated are due to simply wanting to park your automobile.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could somehow magically be always able to park your car, doing so without the usual dance of darting for an open spot?
See how the world is getting ready for it:
There are several ways in which AI is coming to the aid of the car parking problem and I hope it will bolster your spirits that soon and someday the parking issue will be resolved.
There are a number of car brands that have specific models that can park the car autonomously, including the Lincoln MKS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Ford Focus, Toyota Prius, Chrysler 200, Tesla Model S, BMW i3,
Chevrolet Malibu and others. The first such capability began to appear commercially around 2003. The computer in the car records and analyses the parking action calculates distance identifies best parking mode and the car self -parks with the driver just sitting there in comfort and watching.
It is an extension of the above platform but a full-service auto-valet platform that is providing autonomous solutions to parking pain. It utilizes a sensor array that easily connects to a number of popular automobile models, seamlessly controlled by one’s smart phone that allows a vehicle user to pull over at a curb (at certain destinations), and with a press of a button let the vehicle go find a parking spot and park for you. When it’s time to go, simply summon the vehicle and it comes back to get you. It has ability to conserve space, as cars can be parked very close together since one do not use doors.
People no longer have to think about what to do with their cars when they get to their destination. The equivalent effect of ride sharing — your ride ends when you get off. There will be a network of service points that your vehicle will recognize and go park there until you summon it for use again.
Your car is going to come fitted with this device and technology leaders and other players are ready with it with successful trails conducted at world renowned cities.
LASERS AND ROBOTICS
Automated parking system uses lasers to scan cars and a robotic valet to park the vehicles. Vehicles are transported by a robotic dolly that lifts and transfers them to storage racks. Using this system, up to 4 times as many cars can be parked in the same amount of space as a traditional garage (since there is no need for extra space in between cars). The automated system can have a large capacity for parking up-to 2000 cars & capability to deliver vehicles within 3-5 minutes of a retrieval request.
SELF DRIVING CARS
Once we have self-driving cars, there will no longer have any parking related problems. That you can have your self-driving car drop you at your destination, and it will then forage for a place to park. This reduces your frustration about parking because your car is taking on the task entirely for you. We are likely going to be able to use parking spots more efficiently with the advent of self-driving cars. For example, a parking structure that allows for human drivers to park cars needs to accommodate the human drivers, while if it parks only self-driving cars then the parking structure can be more compact and streamlined. We’ll be able to cram more parked cars into less space and thus free-up some amount of inner- city space for better commercial or social activities.
The role of technology will therefore increase in future parking systems, Predictive ability will reduce waiting time in automatic car parking systems for drivers. Smartphone mobile apps will enable drivers to book available parking lot spaces in advance, integrating with outside systems including cameras, wireless communications, data analytics, induction loops, smart parking meters, and advanced algorithms will help drivers to find available nearby parking lots, which should reduce traffic congestion.
Leading smart cities are recognizing that smart parking infrastructure can be leveraged to help enable cars of the future to park themselves and make driving a pleasurable experience.