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Dougw
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Post Number: 1532
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 3:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This article is about a garage being built in NYC, but it brought to mind the Merchants Row automated garage at Woodward & Grand River. The article indicates that only one Robot Parking Garage exists so far in the U.S., in New Jersey. Just wondering what the distinction is between these fully automated garages and the (semi?) automated Merchants Row garage.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200 70130/ap_on_fe_st/robotic_gara ge

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Robot parking garage to open in New York
By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer
Jan 30, 2007

NEW YORK - Would you trust a robot to park your car? The question will confront New Yorkers in February as the city's first robotic parking opens in Chinatown. The technology has had a good track record overseas, but the only other public robotic garage in the United States has been troublesome, dropping vehicles and trapping cars because of technical glitches.

Nonetheless, the developers of the Chinatown garage are confident with the technology and are counting on it to squeeze 67 cars in an apartment-building basement that would otherwise fit only 24, accomplished by removing a ramp and maneuver space normally required.

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Another company had built the only other public robotic garage in the United States, the one with a checkered past.

Built in 2002 across the river in Hoboken, N.J., with 314 spaces for monthly rentals only, the garage dropped an unoccupied Cadillac Deville six floors in 2004 and a Jeep four stories the following year. Early last year, a malfunction that went unrepaired for 26 hours trapped cars inside. ...

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Ndavies
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Post Number: 2417
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 3:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wouldn't consider the Merchants row garage to be automated at all. The merchants row garage only has an elevator. They still use valet guys to get the car from the customer drop off point to the parking spot.

The automated parking decks carry the car from the drop off point to the spot without any human intervention.
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Dougw
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Post Number: 1533
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 3:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, gotcha. I thought it was more automated than that.

I wonder if they can squeeze in more cars per unit volume with the robot garage versus the Merchants Row garage...

(Message edited by Dougw on January 30, 2007)
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Jdkeepsmiling
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 3:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

All I can say is that I want one...
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Wkl
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Post Number: 95
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 4:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dougw - on the radio this morning they said they could fit 68 in the area that usually parks 27. That a lot of cars!
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 2418
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 4:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes they can fit more cars in with the automated system. That's why it made sense in NYC and Europe. It doesn't make sense in Detroit with our cheap availability of both Valet workers and the really low parking rates the CBD pulls.

You'll notice the article stated the Decks rates would be competitive at $25 a day. No parking deck in Detroit would ever pull those kind of rates on a daily basis. Only idiot lions and tiger fans pay that kind of rate.
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Rjlj
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Post Number: 238
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 4:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, excellent idea for Detroit, a city that has a ton of parking. Have you been to Hoboken or NYC? If you go, you may see why they have this.

http://www.wired.com/news/tech nology/0,71554-0.html
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Jimaz
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Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 4:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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In the meantime, many of the garage's customers simply couldn't get their cars out.

Ha! It acted like one gigantic Denver boot!

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