Smart parking in a city – the first ffor Africa

Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has introduced a first for Africa,  a smart parking system to solve the lack of parking space for the hundreds of thousands of cars in the city.

The system uses modern Chinese technology to park vehicles inside a steel structured building using an automated lift.

Many people are already excited to see a tangible solution for the growing parking space problem in Addis Ababa.

The project has cost the state about 52 million birr, or just about $2.2 million. Already, there is a plan to build more smart parking facilities across the capital Addis Ababa.

“The number of vehicles is increasing and so is demand for parking. On our master plan we have selected 60 places to constructed smart and concreted parking systems. There are several smart parking systems being built in Addis at the moment similar to what you have seen. Some even have a capacity of parking about one thousand five hundred cars at a time.” Said Solomon kidane, Head, Addis Ababa city Transport Programs Management Bureau

For that initiative, it is inline towards becoming a smart city in the future.


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