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News from Europe December 15, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in assorted, humor, technology.

A fully robotic parking lot, hats off to German engineering.


 Picture credits : Courtesy Autostadt GmbH. Photograph by Rainer Jensen.

Equally dramatic, in a high-tech way, are the parking towers at Autostadt, Volkswagen’s exhibition complex and automotive theme park in Wolfsburg, Germany. This parking garage is entirely robotic. Two 160-foot circular towers store 400 new cars on 20 levels, serviced by a central elevator that can retrieve a car in 30 seconds. Stacking cars in close-packed racks can be up to 50 percent more efficient than a conventional garage, but since it is currently more than twice as expensive, it is viable only in cities where land prices—or space—are truly at a premium.

Bangalore and Bombay please.


Sentence of the day from Roger Cohen of the Times:

Europeans still take the Enlightenment seriously enough not to put it inside quote marks.

Thats comparing European secularism to America’s ‘faith based democracy’. Religion is so much an election issue that one of the elections issues for 2008 is about religion being an election issue. Not too different from India, eh !


Quoting positive thinker Scotsman, who got locked and spent nearly four days trapped inside a men’s toilet with no food or mobile phone.

At least there was a toilet to use.


1. Manu - March 31, 2009

It is sad for the little known PALIS Parking Technologies, the manufacturer of this automatic carpark that is really working, that its name is almost never mentioned in conjunction with the awesome pictures. Even the NY Times featured another german company in an article decorated with the same pictures.
I guess Volkswagen (VW), the owner of this system, wants people to connect it with its Autostadt brand and keeps background information low key. They even replaced the PALIS-logo on the technical equipment with their own stickers.

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