What the Future of Parking Might Look Like
By Junior Khan, CAPP
Smart Parking: Smart parking systems use sensors and technology to help drivers find available parking spaces quickly and easily. These systems can reduce congestion and emissions, improve traffic flow, and provide a better parking experience for drivers.
Autonomous Vehicles: With the increasing popularity of autonomous vehicles, parking will likely become more efficient and automated. Autonomous vehicles can drop off passengers at the entrance of a parking lot, park themselves, and retrieve the car when the owner is ready to leave.
Electric Vehicles: As more people switch to electric vehicles, parking lots must adapt by providing charging stations and infrastructure for EVs. Smart parking systems can also be used to reserve parking spaces with charging stations for EVs.
Mobile Payment: Mobile payment systems are becoming more popular and are likely to become the primary way people pay for parking in the future. This can be integrated with smart parking systems to make the parking experience seamless and efficient.
Sustainability: Parking lots are increasingly incorporating sustainable features such as green roofs, solar panels, and rainwater harvesting. These features can reduce the environmental impact of parking lots and make them more sustainable.
Overall, the future of parking is likely to involve more technology, automation, and sustainability. These trends can help make parking more efficient, convenient, and environmentally friendly.
Junior Khan, CAPP, is General Manager for Elite Parking Services of America, Inc. He can be reached at juniorkhan@eliteparkingSOA.com