Professor David Percy, of Salford University, was frustrated by the poor geometry of car parks, which generally feature parking spaces arranged at a 90 degree angle to the access lane.
He performed some simple math and found out that one tweak could make it much easier for motorists to maneuver their motor into the space whilst simultaneously allowing more automobiles to fit into a car park.
All planners need to do is place the bays at a 45 degree angle, which cuts down the turning circle required and therefore needs a smaller access lane, freeing up more space for parking.
Professor Percy’s eureka moment came when his university’s car park was repainted, sticking to exactly the same layout.
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