PARKING FACTS: Where was the first mechanical parking garage?

One of the earliest uses of a mechanical parking system, which consisted of a groundbreaking multi-story concrete structure with an internal elevator to transport cars to upper levels where attendants parked the cars, was in 1905 at the Garage Rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France. (Source: Wikipedia)

First mechanical parking 1905

Robotic Parking Systems for the Rest of Us

The Miami Herald recently reported that the $560 million Porsche Design Tower condo planned for Sunny Isle Beach, Florida will have a very unique feature – residents will be able to see their cars from their living rooms.

The 57-story luxury tower will contain 132 units with prices ranging up to $9 million dollars. Smaller units will be allocated two parking spaces and larger ones will have four, with 284 robotic parking spaces in total.

The project is reported to be the world’s first condominium complex with elevators that will take residents directly to their units while they are sitting in their cars.

“You don’t have to leave your car until you are in front of your apartment,” said Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

While we don’t deliver your car to the front door of your condo, Robotic Parking Systems offers urban parking facilities many of the same benefits.

Users drive up to the automated parking garage and into a convenient parking terminal. Once they get out and lock their car, Robotic Parking Systems does the rest. The car is picked up by the computerized machinery and lifts that will safely place it inside the building on a shelving system.

The automated parking systems provides:
– Greater security for people and their vehicles. Drastically reduces risk of personal injury. Access to the parking facility is limited to street level terminals. Virtually eliminates dings, dents, theft and vandalism to vehicles.
– Robotic Parking also reduces CO2 emissions and other pollutants and greenhouse gases.
– Users of the facility get the convenience of premium valet parking without the worries of someone else driving the car. Since no one has access to the inside of the facility, the car and its contents are 100% secure from theft and vandalism.

So for the rest of us … check out Robotic Parking Systems.

Robotic Parking Systems Projects – Part 4 – Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, UAE

Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, UAE — 765 Spaces — Turnkey system design, start up of operations and maintenance for a 765 space automatic parking garage for the Ibn Battuta Gate project in Dubai, UAE. Operations started in August 2009.

Robotic Parking Systems - Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, UAE

This robotic parking facility is a designed and built project. It is the first automated parking garage in the Middle East region.

Permits for this stand-alone garage were obtained in 2007. The automated car park was constructed in 2008 and officially opened on August 12th 2009.

We believe that this facility is the world’s first and only automated parking garage that had pre-opening performance tests conducted that proved peak traffic handling of more than 250 cars per hour.

The owner, Seven Tides Limited, entered into an operating and maintenance agreement with Robotic Parking Systems who continues its operation to date.

As of 2011, this robotic garage is the only automated car park in the Middle East region that has a continuous operations track record of more than two years.

Click here to see videos of the Ibn Battuta Gate car park.

Robotic Parking System Specifications
Number of Spaces   765
Type of Garage   RPS 1000
Footprint   276 ft x 98 ft
Height    57 ft
Levels    7
Entry / Exit Terminals  8

Robotic Parking Systems Projects – Part 1 – New Jersey

Hoboken, NJ – 314 Spaces — This was our first commercial fully automated parking system. Delivered for operation in the summer of 2002, it was also the first automated parking system in the USA as reported by the New York Times. We have to admit that we learned a lot …

Robotic Parking Systems - New Jersey

The installation of the Robotic Parking System in Hoboken, New Jersey was the first such automated parking garage in the United States of America. In the socio-political environment of Hoboken, it was a “challenge” (to say the least) to not only set-up but also to operate the system. And, naturally we learned a lot in both technical and “environmental” aspects.

Two years after commercial operations began, Parking, the National Parking Association magazine, published the report Automated Parking: Two-Year Report Card. Click here to read the report.

Computer logs of close to 700,000 transactions in the automated parking garage show an “up time” over four years of continuous 24/7 operation of 99.99%. Occupancy of the 314 space Hoboken facility was above 300 cars.

During such intensive operational conditions, we were able to learn exactly what elements could be improved and then incorporated those improvements into our next generation installations.

However, users of the Hoboken facility regularly filled out written survey forms which show comments such as:

“I’d give up food before I’d give up this garage.” –E.H.

“… it has been easy and trouble free – very pleasant – and the closest we will come to a driveway in Hoboken.” –L.V.

“… It’s such a pleasure to park and walk across the street to my apartment. I’ve been timing how long it takes to retrieve my car, and it’s been about 1 1/2 minutes (not bad at all – ‘smiley face’) … This garage … is (a) great addition to the neighborhood.” –R.C.

“It is the wave of the future … Does it work? Yes … I watched while Robotic Parking’s staff ran some of the many thousands of storage and retrieval cycles with and without vehicles.” –J.F.

“… it has been very good … Today there were 3 of us in a row retrieving cars, and everything ran smoothly …” –H.W.

After four years of operation, the City of Hoboken decided to take over garage operations, and an agreement was reached with the city. Mayor Roberts stated, “… will result in Hoboken operating the facility using Robotic’s state-of-art software in a manner that will continue to serve the best interests of the community and the customers.” He also said, “This agreement will mean that the citizens of Hoboken and garage customers will continue to have access to the most advanced garage parking system in the country.”

Robotic Parking System Specifications
Number of Spaces    314
Footprint    100 ft x 100 ft
Height     56 ft
Levels     7
Number of Years Operated   5 years
Schedule of Operation   24 / 7 Continuous
Number of Transactions   705,000
Average Response Time (Exit)  145 seconds
Peak Traffic Capacity   122 cars / hr
Average Occupancy   95.5%
Up Time     99.99%

Mayor Orders Parking Lots to Have Attendants to Prevent Break-Ins and Theft

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has taken a bold move towards thwarting the ongoing problem of car break-ins and thefts from vehicles.

Slay announced that the City Counselor is currently drafting rules to require parking lots in the City of St. Louis to provide attendants.  According to Slay, the rule would also require parking lots to be restricted when not in operation.

The announcement comes on the heels of the recent smashing of dozens of car windows and personal property thefts from cars of area residents and visitors to the area. 

Damage to vehicles and property is a common occurrance in parking lots and conventional garages throughout the world. However, parking designers, developers and owners can greatly increase parking security for both individuals and cars by using a Robotic Parking System.

One major security advantange of an automated parking garage is the elimination of dings, dents, theft and vandalism.

In a Robotic Parking System, in fully automated mode, no one touches the car after the owner parks it on the parking pallet. In fact, the automated parking facility itself contains only machinery and vehicles – no humans allowed.

Robotic Parking Systems eliminate theft and vandalism. Vehicles are stored in a fully enclosed building and are 100% secure from access by others.

St. Louis story from KSDK

How secure is a Robotic Parking System?

Every day there are numerous news stories about accidents, theft and violence in conventional parking garages and parking lots. People are hit by cars or drive off parking decks. Others are assaulted, knifed or even shot. Vehicles are vandalized and stolen.

The safety and security of Robotic Parking Systems are unsurpassed compared to any other parking scheme.

No Risk of Injury
There is no need to walk to and from the car through rows of vehicles or levels of parking decks. With an automated parking system, the driver pulls into a terminal located next to the street and leaves the car to be picked up by computerized machinery.

No Damage and Dents
Regularly parking in a conventional lot or garage almost always results in dings and dents in a car. In a Robotic Parking System, in fully automated mode, no one touches the car after it’s placed on the parking pallet.

No Theft and Vandalism
Robotic Parking Systems eliminate theft and vandalism. Vehicles are stored in a fully enclosed building and are 100% secure from access by others.

Click here to learn more about Robotic Parking Systems security for people and vehicles.