- When we say the future, how far into the future we are talking about? Let's say we are about 15 years away from the time we are designing this for. So, we want to design a parking lot in 2035.
- Is this parking lot aimed at any specific kind of vehicles like trucks or airplanes or is it okay to assume we will be parking passenger vehicles here? Let's say that's OK.
- Do we have any information on what kind of vehicles will run on roads in 2035? Let's say autonomous vehicles have become very mainstream; there are also single passenger drones, underground Hyperloops, etc.
- I'm going to focus on consumer passenger vehicles like cars and not on public transport options.
- Who's building this? Let's say Uber is.
- Why are they building this? They want to make sure cars are available on demand and so are building parking lots that can hold cars.
- Do people still 'own' cars? Because it doesn't make sense to own an autonomous vehicle - let's say autonomous cars are available on demand in every area and so, people don't own cars anymore.
- Are we focused on a specific market? Let's say we are focused on the US as a market.
- What else has changed about the world? Do people still go to work, use computing devices like brain-mapping interfaces, wearables, etc.? Let's say wearables have become very common and these wearables are devices that let you control them via your brain directly.
- Last question, what do these cars run on - safe to assume they are electric cars that need charging every now and then? Yes.
- What's the product objective? Let's say we just want to focus on efficiently doing this parking.
- Do we have any operating constraints? No.
To reframe the question, we are Uber and we are building a parking lot for the year 2035 where autonomous vehicles are the norm, people don't 'own' cars anymore, and they just pull them up on-demand via some kind of computing machinery.
Well, in this case, I'd wager that the primary users of the parking lot are the cars themselves which drive themselves to and fro the lots. So, we are to map the journey of a self driving car for an on-demand service and identify how it'd use a parking lot.
Autonomous cars can come in different shapes and sizes - let's say there are 4 seaters, 6 seaters, and 8 seaters. These parking lots are available in multiple places in the city and that each parking lot may hold upto 50 cars of each kind.
Autonomous car parking lot journey
- Finish a trip
- Find the nearest parking lot