New York Receives Its First Robotic Parking Garage

AutoMotion Parking Systems has introduced its first New York robotic parking garage that can hold up to 67 vehicles. Although the system consumes very little space since customers need not physically retrieve their car, the largest SUVs cannot be stored. The robotic parking garage is now open for the residents at 123 Baxter Street, a newly developed condominium building. Stolzer Parkhaus, German-based industrial manufacturer, is behind the garage's technology which is already in use at 28 automated facilities in 11 countries.

In terms of security, nobody can enter the vehicle from the time the customer drops their car off to when they pick it up. When the driver swipes their card, their car is transported to or from its storage bay (in less than 2.5 minutes). German automaker BMW has signed a contract with AutoMotion Parking Systems, offering automobile servicing (pickup and return included) for any make and model. The service is going at a rate of $400 for a monthly pass or $25 a day.

Mr. Michael Schneeweiss, President of MJS Garage Management (the company that will manage the new garage) commented on the efficiency of the system: "I've never seen a parking system that works so efficiently. We've been to Germany and to Washington to see operational systems and are convinced this is the future of the parking industry in terms of reliability, safety, and convenience to the customer."

News source: DailyTech

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What happens when 2 or more people go to retrieve their cars at the same time? Then you have to line up to get your car? That has got to suck. Good idea but needs work.

I wouldn't call this news really (well, for NY it is). Over 10 years ago, on a holiday to a small remote village in france, i used the same robotic parking.
Worked like a sharm....and YES i was excited using it.

what happens if the system breaks down... :x

cause that would seriously suck it they couldn't get your car down because of some technical problem. I would certainly be ****ed.

Broke Busta said,
But what happens if another person stay in the car?

lol they'll get to the real deal of how it works.

eh, i'm sure it'll reduce the amount of theft ;/ they'd have to hack the parking system to steal the car instead of just hotwiring the car alone

yanger said,
eh, i'm sure it'll reduce the amount of theft ;/ they'd have to hack the parking system to steal the car instead of just hotwiring the car alone :)

True.. but if they hacked the system.. then they would have access to ALL cars!

Sounds cool; however, I prefer parking (at school) just a ways from campus so I can at least walk a little every day. Which I'm not that impatient of a person either ... patience can really solve a lot of problems. :P

Obviously you've never been to New York and understand the limited space issue. That's why parking is so expensive. Even non-automated parking stalls are expensive as hell. Where space is a demand they can charge whatever.

2.5 minute wait in NYC.. lol who has the time for that!

TheDeputy said,
Obviously you've never been to New York and understand the limited space issue. That's why parking is so expensive. Even non-automated parking stalls are expensive as hell. Where space is a demand they can charge whatever.

2.5 minute wait in NYC.. lol who has the time for that!

I do get your point, I was just thinking it could become a bit of a hassle when people are late and need to get to work ect... . Apart from that, it seems like a great idea : yes : (until it breaks down of course...).

I don't know what other people think, but wouldn't a 2.5 minute(approx) wait every working day become somewhat of a nuisance.

-Will

Intelligence said,
I don't know what other people think, but wouldn't a 2.5 minute(approx) wait every working day become somewhat of a nuisance.

-Will

well.. not really.. if you're comparing this to a regular garage.. then you should calculate the time it takes for you walk to your car and get it out

Nienor said,
Is this like in FAF: Tokyo Drift? :P

exactly what I was thinking.

That'd go well here in Hawaii, since we're running out of space for parking.