The young Li Yan arrives in his car to a parking lot on the outskirts of Beijing, but rather than go around looking for a place, leaves the vehicle on a lift which will be automatically switched to a free place. The robotized car aims to make life easier in a city with little space. This car is in Sihui neighborhood on the east side of the capital, and is the first Beijing strategically built near the local subway station for drivers combine the use of private transport with the public.
According to the head of the local traffic department, Song Zhong, the robotic car has two advantages. “The first is simplicity, because only using the subway card or bus it is possible to leave the car, and the second is how quickly, because getting in and out that way requires much less time than normal. The Yeefung manufactured automated enough parking to accommodate 220,000 vehicles across China and also sold technology (originally Italian, but the company managed to cheapen) to countries like Iran, Russia, Turkey, India and Thailand, among others.
Through vertical and horizontal scrolling platformer with power to withstand tons as if they were a feather, vehicles traveling through the interior of a parking curb or walls, and that is only a metal frame with scaffolding aspect in which it ends up finding place to leave the car. Time and simplicity to park are two of the attractions of this new infrastructure – new to China, although in Japan this type of parking is already popular – but for pragmatic Chinese drivers another advantage is the price.
“With two yuan (US $ 1) is possible here to park all day, while in the city center are charged about 20 yuan (US $ 10),” said Liu Yann, in charge of overseeing the design and installation procedures in parking Sihui. According to the list of Dutch company car ride in Beijing consumes 38% more time than it should, a percentage that can rise to 60% or 70% at peak times.