FINDING a parking lot in shopping malls can be a tiresome task, but this is not the case at Sunway Pyramid, which recently launched its new parking guidance system for drivers.
The system, said to be the first of its kind in Malaysia, is part of the Convenient Campaign that aims to create awareness about the conveniences of the mall including its new ingress and egress accesses and upgraded lavatories.
The car park system uses a simple red and green light to indicate availability of parking lots and guide motorists to the nearest one available.
Indicator light: The LED will blink red or green to show availability of a car park.
It is also equipped with traffic count signage that indicates directions where parking spaces are available.
Sunway Pyramid senior general manager H.C. Chan said the system would substantially cut down traditional car park hunting that visitors often associate with visits to shopping malls, especially at peak times.
“It’s as easy as the traffic light system,” Chan said during the launch of the Convenience Campaign at the ramp ingress leading into the mall from Subang Jaya.
“If you see green, this means that there are available lots but if it’s red, that means the lot is not available.
“Also with the direction of traffic count, drivers can move on to the next available lot with ease.”
Chan also spoke of the ramp accesses from the New Pantai Expressway, which he said were built with the purpose of providing convenient access for patrons.
“We have also upgraded the lavatories, which must be one of the most used amenities in a mall.
“We’ve spent more than RM12mil fitting these lavatories that are equipped with facilities such as convenient children’s sinks, and toilet seats,” Chan said.
He added that one of the more unique aspects of the lavatories was the newly installed waterless urinal for the gents, to help reduce water usage.
“There is no need to flush the urinals as each is coated with a special chemical that breaks down urine into environmentally friendly components without water.”
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) deputy president Mohamad Yusoff Ghazali was also present.
“With all the new things in place, parking at Sunway Pyramid would be more convenient, and I believe coming into the mall would also be less of a hassle now with the new ramps leading in and out of here, and traffic flow should be eased,” he said.
Sunway Pyramid centre management services manager Harold Ho, who is the man behind the car park guiding system, said the mall spent over RM4mil to install the system.
“So far, the system is about 70% complete. We are expecting to complete installation after Chinese New Year,” Ho said.
During the launch, the first 100 cars that entered the mall through the ramp from Subang Jaya each received a goodie bag.