The future of parking

Moving Well | Words: Lucy Cleeve | Posted on 02 April 2019

How car lifts and more are shaping the future of parking.

For many of us, parking is the worst part of owning a car. As well as the exorbitant costs, it’s the driving around in circles and that creepy feeling of trailing a slow-walking stranger. 

While more of us are catching public transport, and embracing ride share or car share services like Uber and RACV Car Share, we still have a lot of love for our own cars. 

With Census figures showing that three-quarters of Melbourne residents drive to work, and ever-increasing demands on public space currently taken up storing empty cars, parking has simply got to get smarter.

Of course there’s an app for that

RACV’s recently launched arevo journey planner app lists off-street parking near your destination, outlines the opening hours and costs (including early-bird and other deals), and tells you how to get there. Find out more at racv.com.au/arevo.

Two cars parked in a 'sky garage' next to an apartment living room.

Apartment owners in St Kilda Road’s Neue Grand development can park in a ’sky garage’ next to their living area.



Stackable cars

Designed to reduce the space needed for cars, automated parking systems – which mechanically stack multiple levels of cars – are becoming more common in Melbourne’s inner city. “The density and construction limitations in Australia’s cities means that parking the required number of cars in any given space is becoming increasingly difficult,” says Daniel Balacich from Melbourne’s Klaus Multiparking. 

‘Stackers’ are also increasingly part of the city’s apartment boom. “Mechanical parking systems are a great way of increasing efficiency, while lowering excavation and building costs.”  

Meet the ‘sky garage’ 

Luxury St Kilda Road apartment development Neue Grand by Growland will house Australia’s first ’sky garages’. A special basement car lift will deliver your car to a glass-walled space next to the living area within your penthouse apartment. 

Growland CEO Ronald Chan says, “The tapering shape of the site and slender shape of the building limited the options of traditional solutions such as basement car parking. This led the design team to rethink solutions and propose stacking car parking vertically, which inspired the idea to attach each car park to a full-floor residence. We wanted to create something truly remarkable that would inspire buyers and give them something they’ve never experienced before.”

The future and beyond…

The rise of electric and driverless cars will transform the way we travel, park and plan buildings. Imagine using an app to message your car to pick you up from your lobby, or sending it to be parked or shared by another passenger. 

Last year in China, Daimler and Bosch demonstrated Automated Valet Parking. Once a car is driven to a drop-off zone, it is automatically guided to a parking space via sensors. It can also be retrieved to a pick-up area with a smartphone app.

“The removal of the driver from the automobile will be the largest advancement in transport we’ve seen since the internal combustion engine,” says Klaus Multiparking’s Daniel Balacich.