If you’ve been wondering what will happen to your car when it enters the mysterious interior of West Hollywood’s new robo garage, this video explains it all. Construction on this $18 million project will begin in March and the garage will occupy the parking lot behind City Hall at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer. The robo garage includes 200 parking spaces and will match the height of the three-story City Hall next to it with a 25-foot wide community plaza between the two buildings. This represents a net increase of 132 spaces.
As the video shows, parking in the robo garage won’t be much different from leaving your car with a valet. Except you won’t be expected to offer a tip, and there’s the innovative process of a machine picking it up, moving it across a parking structure and placing it neatly in an open spot.
Here’s a breakdown of the entire process:
1. You drive up to City Hall and park your car in one of 4 “garage” spots.
2. You get out and grab a ticket while Robo Garage loads your car onto the shuttle.
4. Once it’s time to leave, you return to the garage and input your ticket to retrieve your car (you can even call/text ahead to expedite the process). Robo Garage tells you which bay door your car will be delivered.
5. Robo Garage then powers up the shuttle and retrieves your car, placing it in the corresponding garage spot.
6. Robo Garage notifies you your car has arrived. You get in and drive off happily, knowing your city spent good money on an innovative parking machine. Bye Robo Garage!