The automotive industry is changing rapidly, and technology allows it to fully take advantage of the innovations it is bringing to the automotive industry. Nevertheless, we are heading towards a more energy-efficient automotive world and trying to promote a much greener environment while doing so,
Moreover, parking has been a challenge for many drivers, either by finding a place to park or by trying to park their careers without hitting something. Especially when parking in a harsh environment, it’s difficult to see what may be behind you. However, technology has come a long way and has allowed us to change how we drive and park.
Don’t go anywhere because, in this article, we will find out the top seven technologies that are changing parking as we know it.
7 Technologies that are changing parking forever
Automated parking garages
While it may sound like a fantasy, the reality of automated parking spaces is more accurate than you think. Automated parking has existed for decades, and throughout time, it has had many developments. In particular, control technology has brought many innovations to the table.
However, one thing holding automated parking back is the time you have to wait. Of course, you won’t need to waste lots of time looking for a spot, but you do need to wait a few minutes for the machine to approve your vehicle.
Moreover, this issue will be eliminated soon enough. For example, many parking lots can store thousands of vehicles at once. Therefore, it will take the system around two minutes to process every vehicle in the parking lot, even at its climax. That is several times faster than traditional methods.
According to studies, automated garages are expected to increase parking capacities by more than 3000 vehicles. What is astonishing about automated parking lots is that they can fit up to 50% more cars. The system measures the vehicle's height and Parkes it according to its characteristics. In this case, you won’t have to intervene at all!
Associated with automated parking garages are parking robots. These robots will drop your vehicle off wherever you book a parking spot. The robots will ensure the car is parked in a secure area and eliminate the fear of parking too close to other vehicles. In addition, the robots are better prepared and will park parallel to what they are taught to do.
Nevertheless, picking up your vehicle is easier than ever. But, first, you have to go to your reserved parking spot and drive away!
This type of system refers to “stacking” cars onto one another. It works by parking a vehicle on a mechanical lift in order to successfully stack vehicles on one another, allowing parking space to be used more efficiently. This type of parking includes stacking up to three cars on top of each other most of the time.
Parking lifts were first used in West Hollywood since there were too many vehicles to park, and most of the time, people struggled to find space. This works well for residential and commercial purposes. However, this type of parking has managed to solve many issues, but let’s not forget that the management of the car parking system needs to be effective as well.
Pay by plate
You can say goodbye to parking meters; pay by plate technology is a new method of managing parking payments in large urban areas worldwide. There are many benefits behind pay by plate technology, and it is gaining lots of notice.
This type of technology allows drivers to pay for their parking by entering their license plate number and paying by cash or credit card later on. The parking space can be reserved for as long as you want, and you can renew it by using a remote app, so you don’t need to come all the way back to your vehicle to renew your reservation.
Most parking spaces are regulated by parking software and are even handy for employees parking in crowded areas. For instance, companies like Wayleadr offer employee parking management software that solves most issues employees go through while trying to park their cars.
For any reason, if the owner has to change their parking spot, they won’t lose their payment. Nevertheless, you want to avoid any illegal parking, as they may cause you issues even if you seek to renew your reservation.
Distant parking control and cameras
Many modern-day vehicles have a technology that uses ultrasound sensors to locate a car in the front or rear bumper that can receive and send wave signals. As a result, they can overcome obstacles that the human eye can’t. For example, parking sensors are one of the features of distant parking control. The close you get to an object, the faster the sensor will beep. This technology originated back in the 1970s but wasn’t commonly used until the 2000s.
Moreover, we have reversing cameras which became popular after the 2000s. This type of technology was initially used in a wide-angle camera and is placed at the back of the vehicle, which transmits an image onto the dashboard display. Additionally, it displays a guideline to show the path the car is moving in.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought innovations to the automotive industry in many ways you can’t imagine. It allows communication between devices online and makes processes smoother and easier to complete. For example, whenever IoT is incorporated into a system, drivers can see real-time parking spaces through an application service or a site.
According to studies, IoT has managed to secure safer roads and reduce car accidents and the number of times users need to find a parking space. With the reduction in time, there’s also a reduction in carbon dioxide emitted, which is excellent for the environment.
While the IoT has many environmental benefits, it increases the efficiency of parking space used and informs drivers whether parking is used up. Filling in parking spaces is much better than not doing so, and this allows parking lots that have free spaces to be used for other purposes.
Dynamic wireless charging
Wireless charging is a hard technology to believe in. However, it’s actually here, and popular manufacturers like Mercedes Benz have it. Moreover, it’s in their higher-end models- the S class, and functions with electro-magnetic charging pads. Initially, they’re installed into home garages but will soon be on the road.
That’s correct! Charging while you are driving. Rather than having to wait for hours while you park, you’ll rarely need to stop your car only for the sake of charging. Wireless charging will become a trend soon and be the primary charging source.
This new technology could overcome plug-in-charging and allow people such as business people who are in a rush all the time to not worry about charging only when they are parked.
Automatic and remote parking
This type of technology is more advanced than all the ones mentioned before. Initially, automatic parking (APS) was introduced back in 2003 and used cameras and sensors to determine if there’s sufficient space for parking your vehicle to drive past. However, technological innovations have allowed parking assistants to enable you to reverse your car precisely and even exit the parking space!
Secondly, we have remote parking, which is the evolution of car parking and allows a vehicle to park on its own entirely. Alternatively, this will take care of the steering wheel, brake, handbrake, and gear shifting if needed. The driver won’t need to do anything except hold a button and see how the car is parking on its own. Many cars can do this without even needing any human inside the vehicle! Some vehicles that can fully park on their own are:
Wrapping it up
That’s all for this article. These are the top seven technologies trending in the automotive industry and most likely have a bright future in changing the way we work. As there is a continuous rise in the number of vehicles worldwide, it’s becoming even more difficult for people to find a good parking space. Nevertheless, it is even harder for employees who work in busy urban areas.
That’s why technology has brought new methods to efficiently use parking spaces and even help us further whenever we try to park our cars. So one day, we might not even have to drive our car; it’ll do the driving and parking all by itself!
WRITTEN BYSerena K. Johnson