The Impact Autonomous Cars Can Have on Parking

It is predicted that fully autonomous cars may be a regular mean of transportation by 2023. Governments around the world are currently trying to understand how safe driverless cars can be, how they should be controlled, and how and where are they going to be parked. The typical driver spends at least 100 days of their life hunting for parking spots, and since parking spaces are limited in the city, private parking spots can sell for more than houses.


As the improvement in driverless technology continues, so does parking. Parking as we know it will be just as redefined as cars within the next decade. Cars may soon be controlled by robots in high-efficiency spaces that will not be a blot on the urban landscape, and will not require customer elevators, stairs and broad passageways to provide access to individual cars.

15 years from now, you may find the autonomous vehicles will have erased the need for at least 90 percent of our current parking spaces. Future car parks may seek to provide refuelling or recharging, maintenance and other car services. Considering the amount of city space that is taken up with large car parks, these developments could be transformative.


The impact that driver-less cars can have on cities could be monumental. The way we use streets and properties for driving, parking and refueling cars out will be completely different. Car parks may turn into petrol stations in the future, except that they would mainly be powering the increasingly popular electric cars. Placing charging points inside car parks may cause on-street parking to become a thing of the past entirely in the age of driverless cars, as drivers will no longer need to be near their car for it to be parked – they will be able to get out at their destination, and the car will be able to drive on to the closest car park, where it can also make use of the available charging points.


The questions of where to park will be decided by the period of parking required, price and local availability, and allocation will be directed by software with elevated level visibility on space and can make decisions and assignments to autonomous vehicles in real time with little to no human involvement.

Car parks will be designed to only permit access to autonomous vehicles as driverless cars grow more popular. The vehicles may include several delivery and commercial driving units. Car parks may then be similar to large shipping ports where delivery vehicles pull into them to load and unload goods, recharge and leave with speed and efficacy.

To accommodate driver-less electric vehicles and become logistics hubs, car parks would need to become integrated environments with internet access and devices featuring artificial intelligence. These AI devices versions of entry barriers and ticket machines will respond to requests from entering vehicles and the individuals who run those vehicles. It is difficult to get favourable mobile reception in car parks so imagine how different the car parks of the future will be. Ultimately self-driving cars will change driving patterns, which will change city traffic and ultimately city planning

The efficacy and availability of driver-less cars will reduce individual car ownership, on the number of cars on streets and eventually reduce the need for city parking. This scenario could make available plenty precious urban properties, which could lead to greener cities and bring new life into the suburbs as longer commutes become more pleasant.

Two things are certain – manual cars will gradually disappear from our streets, just like horses once did, and parking is about to get a bit awesome.

If you are looking for Ottawa parking for your car and monthly parking passes then give us a call to discuss the various Ottawa parking options and parking lots and parking spaces we have available. We have affordable monthly parking passes across the city so you can be close to work and avoid parking tickets in Ottawa with the peace of mind knowing that your car is safe while parked in your monthly parking space in Ottawa.