Malls and commercial establishments have traditionally resorted to vertical parking spaces where one can self-park in a building reserved for vehicles, from under the basement to several floors above. While this solution is great, it does not make optimal use of space. Also, finding a parking spot in a huge space, even with the assistance of facilitators is time consuming. To tackle this problem, one of the solutions is an automatic car parking system. An automated parking system stacks vehicles on top of each other using complex hydraulics in a multi-level car parking architecture. It thus optimizes space utilization, saves time, and offers a superior alternative to traditional parking systems. It exempts the drivers from the mundane task of parking and retrieving their vehicle as all this happens automatically using advanced robotics. This automated system allows more number of vehicles in a smaller area without the need for large ramps and lanes, thereby creating more space. Tedra Automotive Solutions - one of the leaders in automated car parking systems - brings to you an article explaining the various advantages and applications of an APS.
How Automated Parking Systems Work
Automated parking systems make use of computers, sensors, cameras and various other electro-mechanical components to carry the car, manoeuvre it through the garage and park it in an empty slot. The process requires little inputs from the driver.
According to the manner in which they transport the car from entry to the parking spot, there are two types of automated parking systems:
- Horizontal platform
- Vertical car lift
In both cases, the process is very similar, with the only thing that differs being the movement of the car until it reaches the desired space. In both types, the car is driven into the multi-storied parking space as usual. Once positioned on the ramp, the driver shuts down the engine, secures the hand brake and steps out of the car. While the driver does all this, sensors measures the vehicle’s size and overall shape. After the driver leaves the block, the mechanical arms of the block are set in motion. Using various algorithms, the car is moved into the respective spot, either vertically or horizontally. This entire process is amazingly fast and takes 3 to 5 minutes from the point the driver leaves the car and the time duration in they summon it back. The systems have turntables which turn the car in whichever direction it is required to park.
Automated Car Parking systems can save commercial & residential establishments a lot of space and money required to build tall parking buildings and potentially even the fuel wasted in parking lots. It is safe to assume that Automated car parking is the future of vehicle parking system. If you are already well versed with the benefits of automation and seek to apply the same for your project, contact Tedra Automotive Solutions - the leading car parking solutions provider in India.