Many beautiful and valuable plots in our cities are abused as parking lots. The space used by the parking garages amounts to tenfold of the volumes of the vehicles therein. A Swiss design and en-gineering bureau is now fighting this waste of space. They have invented a fully automatic and compact parking system – called the SmartP® -, which requires only one fourth of the space.
SMART P advanced car parkingWith this system, it is now possible to store cars by utiliz-ing a fully automatic system. The driver simply drives the automobile on to a platform. There it is automatically centered and measure. The system cap-tures the car mechanically and electronically, and then pulls it onto a high-speed lift, which drives it vertically up to the as-signed level and rotates it towards the intended storage bay at the same time. There the vehi-cle is stored in a very compact and efficient way by taking ad-vantage of the shapes of the modern automobiles.
For the transportation of the vehicles there are no pallets or similar provisions needed. As the user does not have any admis-sion to the parking areas, there is no need for elevators, lighting, ventilation emergency stairs, es-cape ways and fire extinguishing systems.
This patented system is dis-tinguished by a high operating speed, a short access time and a compact modular construction, allowing it to be built up quickly. Equally it can be disassembled just as quickly, allowing it to be reassembled somewhere else. Since this system is more like a machine than a building, the ad-ministrative procedures for ap-proval and permissions should be more simple and faster. As this plant has very few moving parts only, it will have a high reliability and low maintenance costs.
The core of the invention lies in the horizontal transport equip-ment, which moves underneath the vehicles, seizes it at the wheels, raises the car a few cen-timeters and drives it onto the elevator and from there onto the parking platform. For exiting, it pushes the cars in the driving-off direction onto the exit platforms.
The combination of the stor-age arrangement of the cars, the construction method of the plant and the computer-assisted allo-cation results in very high space efficiency with a better use of space of up to 400% compared to conventional car parks.
A small place of only 20 by 20 meters is sufficient for a parking tower that has a capacity of up to 300 cars. For an underground installation of smart P only 25% of the excavation has to be dug. Smart P will make car parks more profitable and small areas can be used more economically. This system is also suitable as an add-on to existing car parks, or as temporary solution for sea-sonal parking congestions.
Unpleasant and repeating tasks, like washing cars, are usually left to machines. We still, however, squeeze our modern hi-tech cars manually into narrow parking places that are located in dark and dirty multi-storey car parkings. With smart P car park-ing will become not only less costly and time saving, but also, more environment-friendly and very easy and.
Further informationFurther information about this new parking technology can be found under: www.smartP.ch!
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