A residential building in Abu Dhabi is planning to open a robotic car park for its residents, in which robots guide the cars into spaces. Is this the future of your local multi-storey?
There are few technology trends more closely watched than that of driverless cars, but before that happens, robots will be parking your regular car.
A 12-storey residential building in Abu Dhabi is planning to open a car park with 110 spaces in which residents' cars are parked and even cleaned by robots in the next six months.
Designed by US company ParkPlus, the new system uses Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to park the cars, scanning and taking pictures of vehicles to prevent damage. There is also an explosives detection system for security purposes and owners can opt to have their car cleaned in their absence before retrieving them via a kiosk.
ParkPlus already operates in Maryland, New York and New Jersey, including JFK Airport, Mount Sinai Hospital and various residential properties as well as in Shenzhen, China, where space is at a premium.
The company creates two types of storage systems for residential use, automated and mechanical.