According to the Guinness World Records, the largest parking lot serves the world’s largest shopping and entertainment center. It is located at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada. The parking lot was built to hold 20,000 cars, and believe it or not, there is even a nearby overflow lot that can handle 10,000 vehicles.
Right now the trend in parking is to build a structure or garage as it allows more efficient parking and uses a lot less space than a big, sprawled out parking lot. There is another advantage in that parking garages are built out of concrete and will last decades while big open parking lots are generally made from asphalt. Asphalt has a life-span of about 20 years and will need to be constantly maintained. By comparison, a concrete garage has a span of around 50 years with nowhere near the maintenance involved.
A newly opened, smart-parking garage in Dubai has been awarded the distinction of being the “largest automated parking facility in the world” by the Guinness World Records. The nine-story facility is located at the Emirates Financial Tower and cost a whopping $22 million. It has the capacity for 1191 vehicles and is fully computerized. A driver just pulls their vehicle into the transit bay and gets out, the rest is automated. The computer identifies the best spot for the car and has it ready for the owner a few minutes before their departure. You can even have your car washed while it is being “parked”.
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