Sci/Tech The Self-Driving Car Will Kill the Parking Garage Dead

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    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he can see three parking garages along the riverfront from his office window. Like any mayor, he’s optimistic about his city’s future — despite Detroit’s well-known problems — and he sees growth in terms of more apartment and office buildings. But the capital of the American car has already reached peak parking garage.

    Reasons for the decline of the parking garage are many, and the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are top-of-mind, but the autonomous car is what will ultimately make them extinct.

    Duggan explains why:

    “If self-driving vehicles are really close, it may not be that people are going drive a car and store it for eight hours in a structure; it may be that the self-driving car takes you to work, goes back home, and does errands with your spouse,” Duggan said. He was part of a mayoral panel hosted by Ford called “City of Tomorrow” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

    Also, office parking garages that fill up during the workday are often different from garages that are built for entertainment; those only fill up during concerts, conventions, and professional sports. (An interesting side-effect of less-busy garages is that beer sales shoot up as more use Uber).

    Read more here. (Inverse)
     

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