The parking system, neatly tucked out of sight, is accessible via an underground entrance area featuring modern parking cabins in line with the overall architectural style of the building. Visitors drive their cars into the parking cabins. Inside the parking cabin, there is a hoist platform, on which the customer parks their car. After leaving the parking cabin, which has also been designed to be suitable for disabled parking, the roller door shuts and the automatic parking process begins. Before the lifting mechanism lowers the platform, a combination of scanners measures the car and ensures that there are no people or animals on the platform. The car is then lowered to one of the three parking levels. The Lödige ‘Shifter’, an extra-flat robot, moves beneath the vehicle and gently lifts it by the wheels to transport it from the lift to a transfer vehicle and, finally, to its parking space. The combined speed of the Shifter and the transfer vehicle system allows the parking cabin to be available again immediately, resulting in the highest possible throughput. The system only takes an average of two minutes to retrieve the car – making it extremely convenient and efficient for the user.
Five months after handing it over, the system was featured on RTL7 as a part of the television programme” ‘Doe Maar Duurzaam’. Arthur van Brink, the Director of Lödige in Benelux was delighted to explain how fully automated car park systems from Lödige respond to parking problems in cities and enable parking more cars in limited space.