Tl;dr: Designed the Voronoi Parking Garage, a system that assists people with finding the best available parking space for their needs.
Dates: January 2017 - February 2017
Team: Scott Dombkowski
Work Type: academic
Parking garages can be both an overwhelming and underwhelming experience. One second you are surrounded by a dark concrete expanse with little to no engaging objects, the next you could be surprised by a car suddenly backing out of a space or a car making a wide turn into your lane or around a blind corner. Parking garages are also typically unfamiliar spaces for drivers, making it hard for drivers to effectively and safely navigate them. These qualities and others make parking garages a fertile ground for improvement.
After some primary and secondary research, I developed a few key takeaways: drivers have no way of knowing if they are parking in a good spot for their circumstances, drivers have no way of knowing if they are best navigating the parking garage for their circumstances, and parking garages are currently lacking effective signifiers that direct drivers in their search for a parking space.
With these takeaways in mind, I created the following goal for myself: design a control that assists people with finding the best available parking space for their situation in the best possible way (no stress, efficient, comfortable, etc...).
I initially explored a variety of different types of systems including auditory, olfactory, and visual. I eventually settled on a control set in the future. This control would utilize radar/camera technology to direct individuals to the best spot for their circumstances. Their circumstances would be gathered from some sort of input or the "Internet of Things." Drivers would enter the garage and be directed through a lighting system (directional arrows on the ceiling and a solid line on the floor) to their best spot.