Seattle has been on a steady growth path for years now. If you’ve lived here for a while you know just how much the city’s skyline has changed in the past 10 years. Between Amazon and an influx of tech workers, there are all sorts of new high rises dotting the skyline. And with space running out, some of those new buildings are having to get creative with things like a robot-controlled parking garage.
Spire is a new upscale condominium occupying the triangular lot at Wall Street, Sixth Avenue, and Denny Way. It’s a testament to just how much Seattle is building up rather than out. But the building’s angular design poses some challenges for those looking to park within the building, which is why an Automated Valet system has been chosen as a solution.
Instead of attempting to turn at harsh angles and risk scratching nice cars, residents can leave that work up the building’s robots.
Now, before you freak out about our impending robot overlords, Spire’s parking setup is a little less futuristic than it sounds. Although this is a rarity in Seattle, cities like New York, Tokyo, and more have been doing automated valet systems for a while.
Here is how the robot valet system at Spire works.
Basically, residents drive their cars onto a platform that directs drivers where to maneuver the car. It’s kind of the same thing as driving into the carwash but a little more glamorous. After the car is properly placed, residents hop out, grab their things and leave the platform where they tap a card and the floor opens like a trap door. The elevator then secures the car and takes it down to an open parking space which only takes a few minutes. And when residents need their car back it’s the same process just in reverse, easy peasy.
It’s pretty dang cool and we have to admit we’re kind of curious to see what it’s like inside the elevator. You know, it just feels like one of those forbidden things that you really need to see, like the inside of the baggage carousel at an airport. That being said, it’s probably safer if we all just check it out by clicking here instead. Have a great week folks!