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For Anyone Who Lives or has Driven in New York City February 27, 2007

Posted by K.C. in Auto's, Technology, transportation.

This article will probably only be exciting for people who either live in a big city with a vehicle or who travel to big cities by car. For the first time ever, Manhattan will have enough parking spots for everyone. Ok this is untrue but they will have New York City’s first automated parking garage. AutoMotion Parking Systems, the American subsidiary of Stolzer Parkhaus of
Strassburg, Germany has developed a parking system that is almost entirely robotic and computer controlled. Imagine a PEZ dispenser except with cars instead of candy. Instead of parking lots being old shady looking abandoned lots with cars parked horizontally, this new type of parking system parks cars vertically inside a building, without the need of reckless valets or parking attendants. The system is completely automatic and needs no human inputs to park the cars. 

“The driver locks the car, takes the keys and picks up an electronic card from a nearby machine. A large door closes behind the car; motion detectors ensure that no children or pets are left behind. Then the pallet holding the car slides below ground level, into two subterranean floors of storage. ‘It’s simple — park, swipe and leave,’”

Living in the city is already tough enough and having a car makes it even more difficult. It makes New Yorkers pretty mad to come home on a Sunday night to find that every last parking spot on the entire Island has been taken. Aside from the obvious convenience benefits, the parking system is energy efficient and may actually pollute less than traditional man powered parking systems.  



1. collage9 - February 27, 2007

I think the idea of an automated parking garage is a great one, and I think if you ever drive into a city at all you know how frustrating parking can be I’m from outside of Pittsburgh). I’m curious about how it actually works and how many cars a garage like this could fit. But, if it works well and helps the environment in addition, I’d like to see more cities begin to develop these automated garages.

2. Stephanie - February 27, 2007

I would love to see this technology used in United State cities. As a resident of the Philadelphia suburbs I often drive into the city for sporting events, concerts and dinners. However would never attempt to drive in New York City. The thought of it gives me hives.

This new automated parking garage is a wonderful idea and I was surprised to read, “For the developer, automated garages offer cost advantages in construction and operation. By omitting ramps and walkways, about twice as many cars can be tucked into the space. Labor and insurance costs are lower, and getting cars in and out is faster.” I would have thought for sure that this structure would have many cost increases. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the first garage to be built in the U.S. and how the public receives this new idea.

3. wilson7 - February 27, 2007

I think that this is a great new technology and it would do wonders in the major cities of the United States. It is a real hassel to find a parking spot in places like New York City and with this new system you would not have to worry about your car being damaged or stolen. The only question I have is how much would something like this cost?

4. Brian Mulligan - February 28, 2007

I live right outside New York City, so this is pretty exciting. I think that it’s incredible that this technology is actually real and tangible. I just reminds me of movies like iRobot and Minority Report, where in the future cars will be stored in massive buildings.

As for the real life deal, I think that this will increase efficiency and take care of the need for space, but it also raises another question. Will this encourage more people in cities to own cars? If so, will it create more traffic? Who knows, but it looks really sweet.

5. breichen - February 28, 2007

This is really cool, parking in the city is hellish. Although this would be quite convenient, parking in garages in the city already costs at least $20 a day, and I worry that the added convenience provided by this new technology would result in even higher costs.

6. Katie - February 28, 2007

This technology is available in NYC! The first one opens this Spring — with four more in various stages of construction. It is definitely the way to go and all major cities, airports, malls, hotels, etc. are interested — parking is a NIGHTMARE everywhere!

7. Elaine - February 28, 2007

From the city myself, I am super excited. Life would be THAT much better. Thank god for technology.

8. Professor Jordi - March 1, 2007

Does it save space?

KC, come back to us. Can you answer some questions here?

Is there no attendant at all? Thinking of the High Wages article form yesterday, I wonder if there would be someone monitoring the equipment. What happens if it gets stuck?

If there are more electric cars in the future, maybe it could charge too.

9. silviamocanu07 - March 1, 2007

I think this is a great idea and this type of vertical parking has actually been widely used in Japan for quite some time. Given space constraints and the large population of Tokyo in particular, the Japanese had to become inventive and come up with new solutions to the lack of parking spaces. Actually, I find it quite surprising that it hasn’t been put in place in NYC until now.

10. sopitikoj - September 7, 2007


Placed to bookmark!


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