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Robotic parking garage in action

Evan Blass
March 6, 2007
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Anyone who's ever seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off will appreciate the advantages of a worker-less garage, namely the inability of a robotic parking structure to take your million dollar Ferrari for a joyride in an attempt to achieve maximum air. No, the reliable NYC parkhaus built by Automotion Parking Systems prides itself on the fact that only one car has been damaged since the company began installations 11 years ago -- unlike the rather troublesome record of its competitor Robotic Parking, whose Garden Street Garage in Hoboken once trapped over 300 vehicles for 24+ hours and reportedly made some expensive 'oopsies' with a Jeep and a Cadillac. APS's New York location, on the other hand, appears to be the model of safety and efficiency; a Popular Mechanics video shows the whole system in a perfect dance of precise timing and fluid motion, appropriately set to a backdrop of Strauss' The Blue Danube. And with $25 daily / $400 monthly rates for parking in the middle of Manhattan, the new garage offers pretty competitive rates as well -- but remember, while human valets may take the occasional sweet ride out for a spin, at least they're not susceptible to the software malfunctions and trojans / worms / viruses that could leave your vehicle stranded high and dry while the techies rush to figure out a fix. Click on to watch the PM vid in its entirety...

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