First NYC Automated Garage Opens

This article describes the opening of the U.S.’s third fully automated parking garage in New York City. The Manhattan lot, which can handle 67 vehicles, moves vehicles between two levels on pallets to a storage area. A conventional lot in the same place would have allowed for fewer than 30 parking spaces, accounting for ramps and access. The manufacturer of the automated parts of the structure has built a total of 28 different automated garages in 11 countries. The operators believe such technology will increase in demand as urban spaces increase in value. While automated garages can operate without any attendants, owners felt it was necessary to keep one staff member on-hand in order to ensure parkers are confident that their vehicles are retrieved in a timely fashion, typically within 2.5 minutes. It is also noted that this system does require that vehicles be turned on while they’re being retrieved, minimizing idling times and thus negative environmental impacts.


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  • Accession Number: 01050268
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 9 2007 5:18PM