Automated Parking uses the same philosophy and technology that has turned the warehouses at Amazon, FedEx, and UPS into models of efficiency. In an automated parking garage, the driver simply drops off the vehicle at a convenient drive-in entry cabin. When returning to pick up the car, the driver can wait in a safe pick-up zone until the vehicle is delivered robotically (think: waiting room). This system eliminates moving around in a dark garage, searching for your car.
Automated Parking garages reduce the building footprint and energy consumption, save operating costs, reduce pollutants, increase rentable floor space, and can add LEED points to a project. They also provide increased personal safety and security for users who no longer have to wander alone through an intimidating maze of parking spaces.
The cost of an Automated Parking Garage is dependent on three factors:
- The layout of the project.
- The total number of spaces required.
- The desired throughput.
Depending on the above three factors, the price per space of an Automated Parking Garage can range from $18,000 per space to over $30,000 per space.
On average, the cost to operate and maintain an automated parking garage is $500 per space per year, which is comparable to the costs associated with the maintenance and operation of a conventional ramped garage. This is made possible because with an automated garage, there is no need for parking attendants, little to no lighting is required, and dramatically less ventilation is needed if the facility is enclosed.
Depending on the design of the garage (i.e. number of entry/exit bays, number of lifts), which is determined by undertaking traffic studies, the time it takes to retrieve a vehicle averages 2.5 minutes. This can vary if several people arrive to retrieve their vehicles at the same time.
Safety and security is unmatched compared to a conventional ramped garage. Automated Parking Garages eliminate the need for drivers to walk long stretches to a vehicle. In an automated parking garage, the driver simply drops off the vehicle at a drive-in entry cabin. When returning to pick up the car, the driver waits in a pick-up zone for his vehicle. Because there is no access by the public to the vehicle storage area, the risk of theft or vandalism is non-existent. As a result, the driver experience is comparable to a high-quality valet parking operation in which valet runners are replaced with efficient automated technology. Without having to deal with pedestrians, trollers, shopping carts, or bad drivers, dents, dings, and scrapes are practically eliminated.
Automated Parking Garages are equipped with stand-by generators and redundant servers to ensure flawless operation in the event of a power outage.
It can, but some agencies will state that BRT will carry about 80% of the riders as LRT.
Yes and therefore are very flexible, and can leave the busway to follow a different route unlike LRT, which is stuck to the rail lines.
Right now LRT requires overhead lines (catenaries) and electricity, produced generally with coal plants. BRT vehicles can run using hybrid electric/diesel/compressed natural gas and today are being developed with rechargeable batteries.