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actually entering the parking area," Simpson says. "And the car itself is very secure in the system because no one can access it, so you needn't lock your vehicle. In fact, a lot of people don't."
the 1920s and was designed by world famous architect Norman Foster.
to accommodate more vehicles and residents than would otherwise be possible.
Construction was completed along with the building in the summer of 2011. The Jameson House tower partly preserves two historic buildings from Ralph Lauren White Shoes Price
"You exit the vehicle, and the floor that I'm standing on now would drop away from me and the car would be delivered to the automatic system throughout the parking structure."
The system is not flawless either. It's inconvenient when it breaks down, says a resident who has waited up to 10 minutes queuing for the bay stations, and as long as an hour during a system malfunction.
Drivers retrieve their vehicle with a simple swipe of the card.
And now it takes only a flash of plastic for an automated parking garage at a downtown luxury condo to burrow vehicles underground in a supersized car filing cabinet, without drivers lifting a foot or shifting a gear.
You can swipe a card for a cup of coffee, building access or even a ticket to Kathmandu.
The system delivers and retrieves vehicles using chains, levers, electric motors and pneumatic technology, all controlled by a complex "parking logic computer" that masterminds movements within the garage.
But robotic valets don't come cheap. At $56,000, a permanent spot in this garage costs nearly double the amount for a typical condo parking space.
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It would also mean more exhaust and congestion, as well as higher building costs with ventilation and initial excavation.
Luxury Vancouver condo offers service that allows your vehicle to park itself.
"When you come home . you're pulling into what looks like a private garage," explains Daryl Simpson, vice president of marketing for Bosa Properties, which managed construction of Jameson House.
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"It's neat, it's like something out of a James Bond movie," says David Bowman, a resident of Jameson House at 838 West Hastings, which features the new style parking.
The technology is widely used in European cities, where space is at a premium, but recently adopted in North America.
"If you had a conventional parking system with ramps and human access . we would have been at 12 parking levels, which is just not feasible or practical. It just takes too long to drive through that," Simpson says.
The parking system, North America's largest using this particular technology, is new to Canada and houses more than 240 vehicles on five underground levels, fewer than half the Prada Ankle Boot Sale number typically needed for that many cars.
To access the system, drivers pull into one of two bay stations one level underground, turn off their ignition and step out to swipe their card while the car is automatically weighed and measured. Four forklift style prongs then clamp the back tires of the vehicle restricted to roughly two metres in height and ferry it away to the lower levels of the parking garage.
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