Technology Comes to Parking
Technology has afforded us many exciting things that have increasingly made our lives easier and more productive. When we think of technology we don't tend to associate it with parking. Most of us don't get excited when we think about parking as it usually inspires feelings of frustration and anger in us. This is generally due to a lack of available parking spaces.
Technology is indeed part of the parking industry with many technologically advanced parking solutions available to help make parking more pleasant and substantially less frustrating. Technological advances are changing the way we view how we park with an emphasis on making parking a much more efficient and enjoyable process.
One of the major improvements in parking of recent memory is the hydraulic vehicle lift. These systems allow vehicles to be parked on top of each other.
Why Use Vehicle Lifts?
There are numerous reasons why vehicle lifts are superior to traditional parking methods (such as parking garages or parking lots). These reasons include:
More efficient use of space
Low maintenance frequency and cost
Possibilities for future expansion
Minimal excavation required
Vehicle lifts gain their efficiency by stacking vehicles on top of each other and fully maximizing available vertical space. Vertical space is free so it makes sense that a model of parking efficiency is built around the premise of utilizing it to the fullest wherever possible. The model of one vehicle per parking space is now totally outdated, replaced by a new model of many vehicles per parking space.
These vehicle lift parking systems are catching on very fast in larger cities where new buildings are being constructed quickly, but there is little space left over for parking. There are vehicle lift systems that accommodate:
There are many different types of vehicle lift parking systems available that suit different parking requirements. Some of these systems include:
Stack Parkers – these are the basic vehicle lift systems that have the most variations available. These systems focus on space saving and providing convenience to the user. They are very economically priced and can be used in locations where there are height restrictions.
Semi-Automatic Parker – a lift system that uses one empty space on the entry level to automatically move vehicles up, down and sideways on the platforms into optimal locations. These systems are expandable to allow for future growth.
Fully Automatic Parker – the highest volume parking solution that uses a transfer cabin to transport the vehicle to a storage area where it is automatically assigned a parking space. These systems can be equipped with a turning unit that will turn the vehicle around upon retrieval for added convenience to the consumer. These can be used for above ground or underground parking solutions.
Pallets – generally used for driveway or small parking lot situations where there is a need to make optimal use of available space for parking spaces.
Many of these systems are customizable meaning that the perfect parking solution is always possible no matter what the requirements are. Vehicle lift parking systems have a firm future in the future of parking due to their efficiency, ease of use and economical pricing.