Advances in Technology are making it easier for drivers to park their vehicles. There are more parking spots available and there are also benefits to the environment.
A Southern California company that constructs fully automated car garages is seeking to eliminate the sometimes troublesome process of parking a vehicle.
Auto Parkit has built several advanced-technology garages, including a new one at the Helms Bakery campus in Culver City. The structure houses 247 vehicles.
According to the company’s president and founder, Christopher Alan, a similar-size standard garage — with driveways, ramps, and headroom — would only be able to fit 86 vehicles.
Though the price of an individual structure was not disclosed, Auto Parkit officials said the company is able to build robotic garages for roughly the same cost as regular concrete facilities — but with far less maintenance.
Standard garages need ventilation and lighting systems that must run constantly, a concern that does not apply to automated garages as they remain unoccupied.
“The cars don’t run, they’re not using gasoline…. So that energy consumption alone is about 60 percent less than a traditional parking structure,” Alan said.
Precise, computer-controlled parking also prevents possible vehicular damage.
“No cars get scratched. No birds get in there. Your car’s going to stay clean,” said Walter Marks, owner of Helms Bakery. “You can leave it unlocked and there’s no one in there to get it.”
Auto Parkit said it is currently in talks to build more than 40 garages in the Los Angeles area.
Imagine a future free of parking hassles. AutoParkiT (www.AutoParkiT.com) has built the first fully automated parking structure in Los Angeles in an upscale apartment community. It’s the first-ever system of its kind in Southern California that promises to revolutionize parking.
But imagine a different world, one free of such proletarian strivers. You pull into your high-end condo building, drive your car onto a steel pallet and shut off the engine. The glass door of the oversized elevator closes and you and your car are whisked upward at 650 feet per minute.
Imagine an end to endless cruising around parking lots for a parking space. No more drivers going against traffic in an attempt to snag a parking space. No more drivers dinging your doors when they get in their own cars. AutoParkIt is the first fully automated parking facility that is making it’s debut in–where else?–Los Angeles in a high end apartment building in Sherman Oaks.