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Automated Parking Garage Delivers Vehicles While You Wait

A futuristic new facility in the UK uses a system of automated lift technologies to deliver vehicles in under 3 minutes.

Kyle Studstill
Kyle Studstill on October 1, 2010.

The Cube is a new 450,000 square-foot parking garage that has opened today in Birmingham. The futuristic structure is highly automated, equipped with a series of lift and shuttle technologies found in warehouses geared to transport large equipment within buildings.

The New York Times describes the process below:

The sequence begins with a car passing through a discreet, street-level garage entrance. The driver scans an identity-recognition key fob issued by the residential building, drives onto an open, flat pallet and exits the vehicle. The pallet then descends into the garage’s belly, where it discharges the car beside others on a reinforced concrete shelf. When the owner scans the fob signaling his return, the sequence is reversed.

Owners are able to monitor the movement of their car through the facility via plasma screens as they are picked up, though the system’s manufacturer Wöhr estimates that wait times for the process should not exceed three minutes.

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Wöhr

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Kyle Studstill is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. Kyle works as a consultant working at the New York office of PSFK. His background is in analysis, from the analysis of cultural and technological change, to analysis of consumer and human insight, to military intelligence analysis with the US Intelligence and Security Command. Kyle loves the future, much like O'Brien from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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