In a world that is getting increasingly small, engineers came up with high tech solutions to the old problem that is the lack of parking space. By using automated mechanically controlled pallet instead of the traditional ramps to achieve ultimate space efficiency, storing cars like how vending machines do with canned drinks. The robotic car park not only saves space, it provides extra security too, as grand theft auto is that much harder when you can’t just break into a car and drive it away, you will have to bypass the added security measure to retrieve the car from the vault first.
This is all pretty hip and cool, until the garage owner has a licensing dispute with the software maker and got the automated garage stop working, with your car stuck in the mechanical wonder. This is what happened the Garden Street Garage at the city of Hoboken in New Jersey, USA. The city council that operates the garage had police escort Robotic Parking employees from the building just a few days before the software license expire.
The city is now sueing Robotic Parking for setting “booby trap” in the software code that causes the robotic garage to stop working, no one knows how long that will take before those cars can get out. I will be very pissed if I am one of the unsuspecting owners.
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