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By 2050, 70% of us will live in cities or suburban areas, which means that we need to live closer together. How does the car fit into this picture? Well, it has to go. But where, and how?

Quality of life in the city

It affects us, the look of the environment and the space surrounding us. And when the streets are filled with cars, both moving and parked, other elements of the environment has been sacrificed. Most often, that something is green lungs, playgrounds or other outdoor facilities.

Urbanization forces ut to think differently about how the city should function.

It must exist for the people. We must, to a greater extent, plan for a non-car-based life. However, the need for transport will grow. So what do we do?

Modern urban planning

Today, urban planning has a foundational sustainability perspective. In the 50's, urban planning was based on cars, whereas today we focus on the humanistically and holistically aspects. Urban areas, street races, parks and community functions are seen as a whole, where the car is increasingly excluded from the picture.

The car's space is replaced with functions for the people, as the natural spaces in the surroundings are condensed. It is only natural, as we're going to reach the sustainability goals.

Public transport solutions in combination with micromobility are the new tendencies.

Streets and backyards are cleared out

In the most busy city centers, the car is about to disappear from the streets. Parking is replaced with bike racks, and parking is not drawn into the plans at all when new buildings and projects are realized.

The car has not disappeared completely, it is still essential for the transport of goods and people. But it no longer has to come at the expense of city life. Instead, it is placed inside building masses or underground, where it does not take away from the capacity of the urban area.

The trend is clear; the metropolis will be largely car-free.

Parking and public transport are essential

The car will be with us in one form or another, also in the future. The question is; to what extent, and what solutions are needed to create a good coexistence.

A large part of the answer lies in public transport solutions. The city centers are planned as if the cars do not exist for anything other than the transport of goods and necessary traffic. Throughways goes through tunnels or outside the city centre. In the city centre, there is mostly public transport solutions.

Where it used to be common to think of roads going in circles, today people think of «hubs», where public transport hubs are starting points for densification with public transport branches to other hubs. Inside the city centre, other means of transport take over, such as bicycles, scooters and other forms of transport.

The cars can be sluiced into external «hubs» where further movement takes place with collective solutions. A smart solution for parking at these hubs means that you can optimize passenger traffic and plan for departures and capacity.

Densification is the key

In modern urban planning, the car is not gone, but gets less space. It simply has to give way to human activity and life.

Our parking solutions give construction builders, architects, contractors and everyone who participates in development projects in urban areas the tools they need to get as many cars as possible into the smallest possible volume, so that the urban area can otherwise be used for other purposes, or make room for more housing.

Also in connection with hubs, public transport hubs and driveway parking, our parking solutions with smart parking at different height levels, often in connection with bicycle parking and electric car charging, help to make the transport of people and goods more efficient.

The cities and parking of the future

A number of things, with smart parking as a necessary input factor, are needed to meet the constant development towards urbanization and densification of areas, while simultaneously taking care of human needs and creating good urban areas:

Interaction between public transport, parking operators and micromobility providers
Good hubs where you can easily switch between means of transport
Cars for hire / carpooling and solutions for smaller car parks
Remove the cars from the streets
Active urban planning
Include parking at planning stages of a project
Denser / smarter parking where space is maximized