Robotic Parking Systems Increase Revenue

Space is not a limitation. Minimize the impact of parking by 50%

Create more space for design and development
Architects and developers regularly have to reduce revenue generating space to accommodate required parking. Many times properties go undeveloped simply because there is not enough space to get the parking density needed and still have a viable project.

There is a solution!

The compact Robotic Parking System can reduce the land area required for parking by 50% as compared to a conventional ramp-style garage. Or, park twice as many cars in the same amount of space as the typical conventional garage.

Robotic Parking Systems give the developer more options for additional revenue, green space, common areas for the community or other uses that benefit the property as a whole.

Robotic Parking Systems adds value to any development project by :
- increasing revenue generating space
- lowering development costs
- lowering overall operations costs

Take a look at the Ecomonic Model of a Robotic Parking System. In this example, a developer can increase office space as well as parking space by almost 50% each. More space equals more revenue.

Increases Developer's Return on Investment

The chart below shows the construction / development costs for a conventional garage as compared to a Robotic Parking System. Using automated parking, developers increase ROI by lowering the cost per space.

Construction / Development Costs Conventional Garage vs Robotic Parking Systems


Construction / Development Cost

Conventional Garage

Robotic Parking System

Land (or attributed cost of area)

$10 Million

$10 Million

Construction Costs Turnkey

400 spaces at $20,000 =
$8 Million

850 spaces at $25,000 =
$21.25 Million

Soft Costs

$1 Million

$1 Million

Development Costs
(Land + Construction Costs + Soft Costs / # Cars)

$19 Million/400 = $47,500/space
125% = $47,500 / space

$32.25 Million/850 = $37,940/space
100% = $38,000 / space


This formula applies to almost any urban real estate.

Lowers Development Costs
Overall development costs for a Robotic Parking System can be significantly lower than for a conventional garage. Since there are no people or running cars inside the garage, there are lower lighting and ventilation requirements. Lower insurance costs, lower personnel expenses and smaller land area required and more – all add up to increased savings.

Underground applications are particularly well suited to the Robotic Parking System Because only half the space is needed for the same amount of parking as conventional garages, developers can save as much as 50% on the excavation alone.


Lowers Insurance Hazard Risks
Insurance underwriters reviewed the design and processes of the Robotic Parking System and were very favorable. In a detailed review by Best Underwriting Guide, the Robotic Parking System was assigned a low hazard risk in several categories.

Vehicles are stored in a fully enclosed building, are protected from the weather and are 100% secure from access by others.

The Robotic Parking System virtually eliminates personal exposure to violent crimes that occur all too frequently in parking lots and garages around the world. Automated parking also eliminates theft and vandalism and makes the common fender benders and vehicle dings and dents that occur while parking virtually impossible.

A major factor in the reduction of product liability for Robotic Parking Systems is the use of pallets as a key component of the company’s parking design and technology. Utilizing pallets in the automatic parking system prevents the dripping of oil, acids or salt water onto cars from either the parking system machinery or the cars on upper levels. It also guarantees that no machinery or other people ever touch the vehicle.

Comparison of Operating Costs of Conventional vs Automated Parking Garage

Samuel I. Schwartz, P.E. in his article The Garage of the Future Must be Green compared the operating and captial costs of a conventional garage versus an automated parking facility for a proposed 892 car garage in Manhattan, New York.

In the article Mr. Schwartz concluded that the operating costs for a conventional garage are considerably higher with greater needs for maintenance, security, cleaning, snow and salt removal. He stated, "In addition, the useful life of a conventional car deck is about 20 years. The earliest European systems (automated parking garages) show little or no wear after about 15 years. These steel structures probably have twice the life of conventional garages."

In fact, one of the first mechanical systems built by Krupp in Munich, Germany for the Deutsche Bank is still in operation since 1956 - after more than half a century!

"When all factors are considered, the cost of operating an automated garage is less than half (-55%) that of a conventional garage. In this particular case an operator can save over $1.1 million / year with automated parking. In the current real estate climate, this is equivalent to a capital cost savings of over $15 million.," Schwartz said.

Below is the chart of operations and capital costs compiled by Mr. Schwartz. (Source: The Garage of the Future Must be Green, March 2009 issue of Parking, the National Parking Association's magazine.)


Operating and Capital Costs Conventional Garage vs Automated Parking Garage



Conventional Parking Robotic Parking System
Capacity/ Labor Assumptions  




Hours of Operation

24 / 7

24 / 7


Payroll & Benefits

$850,000 (1)


Insurance Expenses



Utilities Expenses



Repairs & Maintenance



Bank Fee Expense



Marketing Expense



Support Services Expense

$75,000 (2)


Other Operating Expenses

$150,000 (3)


Subtotal Operating Expenses



Real Estate Taxes Expense



Subtotal Non-Operating Expenses



Total Expenses



Capital Costs    

Security Camera / DVR System



Capital Account

$240,000 (4)


Total Capital Costs



Grand Total


It's easy to see when you look at all the factors that a Robotic Parking System creates space for design and development and can help you increase revenues on your project.

(1) Labor Schedule
(2) Includes security, legal fees and audit fees
(3) Includes license/permit fees, uniforms, office supplies, claims, etc.
(4) Conventional Garage: 30% of garage repaired after 10 years at $50/sf



It's easy to see when you look at all the factors that a Robotic Parking System creates space for design and development and can help you increase revenues on your project.



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