Even though innovative and improved means of transport are constantly being introduced in Dubai and across the UAE, most people would probably still argue that the most convenient way of getting around is by car.
That’s until you’re struggling to find a place to park on a Friday or in rush hour. Then you probably wish you were zipping around on a bicycle.
As usual, when Dubai has a problem, it isn’t long before authorities start working on a futuristic solution.
This time it’s smart parking’s turn. Unveiled on Saturday at the Gitex Technology Fair, the first step of this project will see Dubai’s Road and Traffic Authority develop a system that will provide drivers with the exact location of vacant parking spots along Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Rigga area.
Users will be able to search a specific location and then be directed to the free parking spot.
There hasn’t been much more information released on the project but it’s likely to be a big improvement on an already existing parking app by RTA.
What we can expect is that this scheme is only the first step in the direction of hassle and stress-free parking in Dubai.
The world’s largest automated parking facility - with Guinness World Record accreditation - already exists in Dubai, created by a UAE company called MAG Royal Solutions.
In layman’s terms, the machinery works almost like a vending machine for vehicles, with an automated platform that carries cars to their allotted spot and back to their owners when requested.
As you can see in the videos above, there’s no need for skilful parallel parking on the part of the drivers and space usage is maximized as the vehicles are neatly fitted in their allocated spots like sardines in a tin.
We’ll just have to wait and see if this ground-breaking system becomes the next stage of Dubai’s smart parking vision.
As Dubai’s population grows, huge shopping malls and other busy locations will be able to sidestep the congestion associated with drivers looking for parking thanks to ground-breaking systems such as this one.
As an added plus, vehicles’ carbon emissions will also be considerably reduced.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, soon to be the region’s largest integrated theme park, has just signed a deal with Gulf Islamic Investments for another smart parking scheme involving valet services and a tram system.
One way or another, there’s good reason to think that driving around endlessly looking for a parking spot in the city will soon be a thing of the past. Hurrah!