Autonomous Parking Garages May Come Before the Cars

While autonomous driving gets the buzz, some experts say that autonomous parking garages may come years earlier. “Since you’re dealing with low speeds and garages that would be closed off to foot traffic, liability issues can be resolved in a much more straightforward way,” says Aaron Steinfeld, an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Steinfeld helped develop a self-parking system in 2010, and he says autonomous parking will change urban planning. “In time you will see less square footage dedicated to parking and more space for pickups and drop-offs,” he says.