Daniel Madariaga: keys to achieve an intelligent Mexico City

What is a smart city?

When it comes to defining a smart city, there is no clear definition. For example, a 2015 report in the " Journal of Urban Technology " pointed to more than 20 definitions of "smart city." In short, a smart city is a designation given to cities that widely incorporate information and communication technologies in order to provide better services to their citizens. Technological improvements can offer benefits in terms of energy, connectivity, transportation, public services, medical care, housing and more. In addition, smart cities work to reduce overall resource consumption, waste, environmental impact and overall cost.

With the increase in population and pressure to address overcrowding, while working to address climate change, many cities are adopting these new technologies and working to achieve smart city status.

Traffic and emissions are important obstacles to the objective of being a smart city for Mexico City

For major cities, such as Mexico City , high population densities can contribute to extreme traffic congestion and the air pollution it generates. Unfortunately, when it comes to traffic congestion, the main problem is often the availability of parking. In busy cities, residents spend a great deal of time and fuel simply driving and looking for a place to park. Many cities struggle with the space available in their parking structures, leaving many residents unable to find a place to park. A 2018 report in the " Journal of Transport Economics and Policy”Reported that approximately 15 percent of a city's traffic congestion comes from drivers looking for a free parking space.

The lack of parking availability not only contributes to congested traffic and frustrated drivers, but also contributes greatly to greenhouse gases and air pollution. In Mexico, more than 973 million tons of CO2 are generated each year, and the majority comes from car emissions. As traffic congestion increases, fuel consumption and emission levels also increase.

To help reduce traffic congestion, inconveniences for city drivers and the environmental impact of emissions, city developers should seek answers. This is where Daniel Madariaga believes that automated parking structures can make a big difference for Mexico City.

Daniel Madariaga and automated parking structures for a smart Mexican city

An automated parking structure offers answers to traffic congestion, limited available parking options and limited available real estate. Traditional parking structures have levels and more levels of parking spaces, but require drivers to drive for parking spaces. They are limited to the amount of spaces they can have depending on the size of their area, in addition to having enough space for drivers to search and park. As cities expand and populations grow, there is often not enough real estate to create parking structures with enough spaces to accommodate all drivers. Often, Parking structures must also replace green areas within a city. Automated parking structures solve all these problems.

An automated parking structure is a multi-story building, often with 20 or more floors. The technology within the structure allows the driver to take his car to the parking kiosk where an automated machine then moves the car to the designated parking spaces with an elevator. The parking structure resembles a book shelf where each car is placed in its space. When the driver returns, the machine simply returns the car to the kiosk. Because everything is automated, the need for driving space is eliminated, allowing more parking spaces per area. These intelligent technology structures require less space and offer more parking available.

In addition to minimizing traffic congestion and reducing emission levels, Daniel Madariaga plans to include green construction within parking structures. As a leading urban mobility expert and leader in sustainable construction, Daniel Madariaga B arrilado sees the importance of using sustainable materials and green building practices to provide additional benefits to the environment of Mexico City.

Automatic parking structures in Mexico City are a crucial step to reduce traffic congestion, reduce driver fuel costs, improve air quality and help Mexico City achieve its goals of being a smart city .