The Future of Parking
People love to speak of the future of parking. And by people, we mean parking nerds and other parking affiliated professionals. We’ve heard the doomsday predictions of the end of parking as we know it and the pondering on whether self-driving cars will obliterate the need for traditional parking lots. To all those doomsayers and stargazers who have predicted the takeover of autonomous vehicles and the obliteration of parking in the near-future, we have some news. The future is here.
Hindsight is 2020
Welcome to the future! We are only days away from (or by the time you’re reading this maybe we are already in) the year 2020. And much like the well-loved axiom, hindsight is 2020. It’s easy to look ahead and predict what the future will bring, but in parking, as in all of life’s pursuits, the present is what matters. Are autonomous vehicles a real and growing industry? Absolutely! Do your next door neighbors all drive them? That’s highly unlikely. So while you may want to be prepared for and aware of a future where parking trends and needs change, right now your parking lot is still very much needed.
Okay, so parking as we know it has not transformed just yet. What does that mean to you as a parking lot manager, owner, or administrator? It means you need to do everything in your power to maximize your parking assets and improve the customer parking experience. The future of parking is much like the past. And it involves keeping customers happy and filling your empty parking spots. And the best way to make that happen is with parking guidance solutions. Because the future of parking involves tech-savvy customers that want data on parking availability. And with parking guidance, you can provide that data right at their fingertips (or eye sockets).
Your available parking spaces can talk. And with sensors that share what they have to say (I’m full or I’m empty), parkers can see that data and use it. Parking counting systems like OpenSpace from Parking Logix share parking data with drivers in several ways including electronic signage, your website, and integrated parking apps. That helps people know when your lot is full or which areas have open spots. Try telling that to the people of 50 years ago and see if they can believe what the future of parking had in store. Ready for the future of parking? We can help.