Auto Parkit Racing Team placed third in the Nascar Whelen Truck Series.
Welcome. My name is Shawn Adams and I am currently the VP of Automation at AutoParkit. I joined AutoParkit in July of 2013 and was associated with the company before that helping them launch their inaugural installation in February 2013 at “The Savannahs” located at 14309 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.
Whew, second post and I am still standing.
This blog is dedicated to telling a real-time story from a front row-seat of a fully automated parking development. It will start with Concept move to Construction followed by Commissioning and end with Completion.
Every initial meeting we have hosted with a perspective developer/architect generally centers around 2 fundamental questions: How many cars can you park on my site? How much will this system cost?
I realized I have not answered the most basic question, “How many cars can you park”, but I have introduced the idea of “peak demand” and vehicle orientation. So to fully answer the question of how many, we need to understand how traditional parking has worked. Any driver that has parked in a traditional ramped parking structure has seen the height restriction notice upon entry.
In my last edition we discussed factors that drive the density of vehicles parked or answering the preverbal question “How many cars can you park?” However I failed to mention the easiest way to answer that question is to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a site address. In about 2-3 days (less if the site is fairly uncomplicated) you will have our answer. We normally include a few options in our response.
The best Ideas are often written on the back of a napkin.
The underlying concern during the entire concept design phase is keeping focused on the user experience. It is easy to be engulfed with set-back requirements, shoring, column grid placement, park and retrieval throughput, building codes, electrical distribution, LAN speeds, etc. At AutoParkit we try to maintain a perspective that we are delivering a Fully Automated Parking System. Fully automated means that there are no operators required for the system. Therefore the API System needs to execute flawlessly regardless of how the user interacts with the API System.
‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ George Santayana,
Moments after closing the webinar from a recent, energetic project meeting on our next AutoParkit development, a simple observation was noted. We are all geeks about cars. It was not limited to the internal team, but the extended team as well. Partners, integrators, distributors, suppliers all share this underlying common bond. Now that may seem a bit extreme but aside from sharing the dream of changing the way people will park their vehicles (safer, fasters, easier with a smaller carbon footprint) the casual observation was more than true.
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