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September 1, 2012

MAN VS. MACHINE

Is robotic parking right for your project?

Robotic parking structures, more commonly referred to as automated vehicle storage/retrieval systems (AVSRS), are rapidly gaining momentum and popularity. Does an AVSRS garage make sense for you?

The first two automated vehicle storage systems in the U.S. were completed in 2002 in Hoboken, N.J. (314 spaces) and Washington, D.C. (74 spaces). It took another five years before the third one was built in New York City’s Chinatown (67 spaces). However, hundreds of these garages have been built in Europe and Asia since the 1960s, and more recently, some very large automated garages (more than 1,000 spaces) have been built in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. Since 2007, another 25 automated garages have been built or are under construction in the U.S. (see Table 1).

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