Robotic Parking Systems: Case Study

System resilience and proactive monitoring drive automated parking.

Robotic Parking Systems is out to change the way the world parks cars. And, in the process, improve urban land use, cut polluting auto emissions, and adhere to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building construction and operation metrics.

Drive into a street-level “terminal” at a Robotic Parking garage, shut off the ignition, and exit your vehicle. The system automatically does the parking for you. It is premium valet service without the valet.

Instead of a person driving up and down a network of concrete ramps and circling parking levels in search of an open space, the control-system network knows exactly where to place a car.

Behind the scenes, sophisticated software controls the platforms, lifts, motors, sensors, and other mechanical gear that transport the car to an open slot in a multi-story steel shelving system. Different size bays accommodate sedans and SUVs, improving space utilization. When you are ready to leave, the system locates your vehicle and returns it to a ground level exit terminal – facing in the correct
direction. Retrieving a car takes one to three minutes; each entry/exit gate can handle 30 cars per hour (correction – 45 cars per hour) on average.

These garages take up only half the space of a traditional car park, making land available for green space, additional parking, or other development options. A facility can be standalone, below a building or above a building so long as there is adequate access to entry/exit terminals. Interior lighting and HVAC are not needed where the cars are parked. Compared to a traditional enclosed car park, a Robotic Parking operation uses 50 percent less power per cycle (car in/car out).

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