Q: What do you call one of the new Automatic Parking Systems (APS) that do not require human attendants?  

They are called a variety of names such as automatic systems, automated systems, and robotic systems. We will use APS as an abbreviation in these FAQ's.

Q: Can I use an APS to provide more parking in a parking constrained area?  

Yes, the use of an APS will provide 2-3 times parking capacity as a parking lot or a ramp garage.

Q: Will an APS building fit in with its surroundings?  

Yes, the facade of the building is totally flexible and can be designed to meet any existing surrounding buildings.

Q: How long does it take to build an APS?  

It depends on the number of cars the system can handle but can vary from 4-12 months.

Q: What is the cost per space of an APS?  

This depends on the number of spaces in the system and the part of the country where it is being built. The APS is competitive with old-fashioned ramp garages.

Q: How long does it take to park and retrieve a car?  

It normally takes less than 90 seconds to park and retrieve a car automatically.

Q: Does an APS protect cars more than ramp garages?  

Yes, since the car is handled automatically by the computer controlled process, there can not be any dings or dents in a car that one would potentially see in a ramp garage where you are opening and closing doors and driving around the structure trying to find a parking space.

Q: Does an APS protect women working late at night?  

Yes, in the APS, a woman working a late shift will deposit and pick up her car in a first floor well lit area with no dark spaces for muggers or robbers. U.S. statistics show that thousands of women are accosted annually in ramp garages.

Q: Can I use an APS in a downtown area that needs more green park space?  

Yes, when an APS is used to replace a parking lot or a ramp garage, 2/3 of the space previously used to park cars can be developed as park space and still have more parking capacity than they started with.