First-of-its-kind Space-Saving Garage Opens

Long popular in Europe and Asia, high-tech automatic garages can park the same number of cars as a ramped garage but using only half as much precious real estate.
September 26, 2003, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Although an automated garage is more expensive to build it typically takes only about half as much precious real estate as a conventional ramped garage to handle the same number of cars, or even more. That is why in European and Asian cities, the automatic garage was long ago anointed as the best solution...The computer factors in the vehicle's size when making an assignment, putting larger S.U.V.'s on lower levels. It also takes into account the driver's schedule on previous visits, putting vehicles whose owners enter and exit frequently in the slots that the system can most easily access."

Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism

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Published on Thursday, September 25, 2003 in The New York Times
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