Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport has announced bids for constructing two robotic car parks one in the Tourist Club Area near the Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties building and the another one on Salam Street near the Adnoc. In the robotic car parking system, the driver has to park the vehicle on a platform which will be lifted to space-effective shelving.
It was reported that the contracts will be decided by the end of 2010 and the project completion date is yet to be declared. The official theme of 2010 Middle East Parking Symposium was automated car parks. Companies like Robotic Parking Systems which are selling these automated car park systems have acquired the biggest booths and major floor space.
Constantin Haag, CEO, Robot Parking Systems has stated that the space-saving approach of the automated car parking system is so interesting that it facilitates parking of more than twice the number of cars in the same space as the traditional parking system. He said that the robotic parking system will play a significant role in thickly populated places like Abu Dhabi where underground space has been used for parking whose excavation process is costly and troublesome. He mentioned that a traditional garage requires three to five floors for accommodating 1,000 cars, whereas the robotic garage requires only two or three floors for parking 1,000 cars and their company has already built a robotic car park at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Abu Dhabi.