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Unless you run a facility that requires the parking of cars, you probably haven’t thought of the difference between self-parking, semi-automatic parking, and fully automated parking. Beyond the obvious differences as indicated by the names, there are several differences between the three. Specifically, though, how do semi-automatic parking systems work, and how can they benefit you and your business?

Self- and Fully Automated Parking

Let’s begin by discussing the difference between self-parking and fully automated parking. Self-parking, of course, is the classic mode of parking. A driver enters the parking lot or garage, drives around in search of a space, finds one, parks, leaves the car, and walks to an exit, elevator, or staircase to leave the facility. This method is simple and standard but fraught with wasted time, expended gas, and a high risk of injury or accident. Fully automated parking, on the other hand, removes the need for the driver to park themselves as well as the potential for fender-benders and other safety issues. The customer parks on a platform, takes a ticket, and exits, leaving the car to be transported to its own alcove without wasting a single drop of gas. But what about semi-automatic parking?

The Specifics of Semi-Automatic Parking Systems

A semi-automated parking system has a mechanical function and setup but may require action on the driver or a valet’s part to drive the vehicle to a spot in the facility and drop off the car in a specific space. Like fully automated parking, however, the facility takes it from there, though this may require the help of an attendant or valet to operate the machinery. The car is then elevated and parked in a holding area, usually a system of tiers, without having to move the other cars. While not as full-service as a fully automated system, a semi-automatic parking system nevertheless has its benefits. Let’s review them.

Pros and Cons of a Semi-Automatic Parking System

How do semi-automatic parking systems work? Let’s start with the drawbacks of a semi-automatic system. It may not offer as many spaces as a fully automated system, but it can make the most of the space you have. A semi-automatic parking system provides far more parking spots than a self-parking facility with its ability to take advantage of vertical as well as horizontal space. Customers can enter, park, pick up, and exit with their vehicles more rapidly as well. Semi-automatic parking is a prestigious service as well, providing clients with a comfortable and low-pressure way to drop off their cars and go about their days, which can be a profitable business for you. If you’re planning to build an office or residential building, semi-automatic systems offer an affordable way to provide parking without requiring the architect to accommodate extra ramps and levels. It’ll reduce your insurance rates as well since there’s less foot traffic in the lot. Explore a semi-automatic parking system solution as a way to get the best of both worlds.

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