The parking garage is very space-efficient and perfect for dense cities. It is also said to be relatively easy to use. Drivers simply drive up to the entrance point, the machines take a photo of the car and measure it, then it's just a matter of answering a few brief questions and then the car will be taken to into a section of the car park via machines. Retrieval of the car takes around two and a half minutes.
Ari Milstein of Automotion Parking Systems spoke about the system recently, saying,
"Automatic parking is the ability for a customer to drive in, take their keys, leave their car for the machine to park. It is a hands-free, person-free parking process.
It's perfect for busy city folk who may not have time to find a park, but at the same time, the building is designed to be an efficient use of space. Mr Milstein added,
"We're able to fit 61 cars in a 36-foot by a 100-foot (11m x 30.5m) site where a conventional parking garage would never be able to be built in and there’s no wasted space. There’s no need for additional headroom, or circulation space, or driving space or driving lanes."
Since no one is driving the car up to a space, like valet parking, there's no worrying about extra dents appearing on your car on pick up. This also means the car's engine isn't running, making it more environmentally-friendly than conventional car parks.
What do you think of the Automotion parking system? Do you think it would be effective in Australia's capital cities, or does it unnecessarily complicate a process we are all familiar and comfortable with? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.