Finding parking in large cities can be a challenge. There are a lot of reasons why it can be difficult to find a good spot to park. There are also a lot of steps that are currently being taken to minimize the parking challenge.
Finding a solution to parking lies in the same place many other solutions are found, with technology. It’s interesting to see how rapidly technology is changing the world. One only needs to travel back in time 50 years to feel like they are in an ancient civilization.
Parking has a negative effect on the landscape. Large parking areas are ugly. A parking lot in the middle of a pedestrian area or in a well-designed retail space can be an eyesore. However, parking is important. It’s estimated that most cars are only being driven five percent of the time. This means the other 95 percent of the time automobiles are just sitting there parked.
It’s estimated that in the United States there are approximately two billion parking spaces. What makes the parking problem worse is that cities have antiquated policies or poor designs. One only needs to look at a place like St. Paul, Minnesota. In this capital city, the law requires parking spaces for each hole on a golf course and one space for every three nuns in a convent.
Thankfully, in many parts of the country, technology is coming to the rescue. It is helping builders and city planners make the best use of the space that currently exists while at the same time making it possible for forward-thinking designers and forward-thinking architects to come up with plans that will reduce the parking crunch in the future.
Some of the technology that is currently affecting parking includes an automated car parking system. Other technologies that are going to have a major role in technology will be shared autonomous vehicles. When vehicles no longer needed drivers, they will no longer need parking spaces. They will be able to pick people up from one location, drop them off at another, and then when the time comes for them to recharge simply return to a storage facility that is on the outskirts of town.
For the time being, parking is a problem. However, thanks to advances in technology and changes in the attitude of city planners and forward-thinking designers, parking should be one of those problems that disappear soon.