Today, parking is more important than it has been in the past. In the past, it was considered implausible that it would be necessary to achieve significant goals such as fighting climate change or attaining political equality.

With the technological advancements in the parking industry, it’s now more likely that smart parking will help solve some of these global problems. Here are some recent innovations in parking technology that are helping to bring essential changes to the industry.


Robot Valets

While AI has been touted as a potential game-changer, it’s not surprising that it would eventually be used for services such as parking. With the help of robot parking robots, people can now enjoy the benefits of having their cars serviced.

In 2018, the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport became the first airport in France to implement an automated parking system. The system, which uses robots to pick up and park cars, reduced the time it takes to park in a traditional parking space.

A typical parking arrangement involves a passenger dropping off their vehicle at an airport and securing a space in a dedicated cabin. A robot then parks the car in a secure area. This eliminates the need for people to park in the middle of the lot to make room for vehicles.


Smart Sensors

The rise of smart parking sensors has been attributed to their ability to provide both real-time and endless traffic benefits. These systems can monitor and control the parking environment’s various aspects.

These systems can significantly reduce the time it takes to find a parking space. They can also communicate with a parking-related information system designed to guide drivers to the available spaces.


License Plate Dependent Payment

In addition to other innovations, pay-by-plate technology is also becoming more prevalent in the parking industry. It allows people to pay for parking using their plates instead of meters.

With the help of this technology, drivers can pay for parking spaces using their license plate number. They can then reserve a space for the amount of time they want and renew their reservation remotely using an app.

A vehicle owner can keep their payment even if they have to move to a new space. Also, with the help of this technology, parking officials can easily monitor the status of a vehicle’s license plate.


Wireless Charging Stations

You’ll be excited about this technology if you’re an electric vehicle owner. Due to the innovations in wireless charging, car owners can finally say goodbye to cords. In 2019, various companies introduced wireless charging solutions that allow drivers to charge their electric cars anywhere.

The wireless charging solutions are usually referred to as Level 2 charging. These devices connect to a 240-volt outlet, allowing the car to recharge itself. Due to the increasing number of electric vehicles being sold, the demand for wireless charging will continue to grow.