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Vertical Parking – The Car Jukebox

By Asian American in Tokyo | September 14, 2006

In the US, parking lots are barren seas of black pavement and white lines. Thoughts of Costco and the Disney theme parks come to mind. In Japan, there’s no space for that, so vertical parking towers are used. Basically, you drive into a building housing a ferris-wheel-like apparatus that carries cars. Drive onto an open platform, and up goes your car for safe and space-efficient storage. When you pick up your car, the wheel spins until your car is at the bottom allowing you to back out, rotate on the turntable, then drive away. In some places an attendant helps you. In others, the whole process is automated by a computer. Here are some examples.

The entrance typically looks like this:

Other forms of vertical parking:

In many office buildings, you’ll find a hybrid where the parking area is pretty normal, but they store 2 cars in each spot. Here’s a photo of the parking lot under the office building I work in. There’s a control panel to raise/lower the lifts and open the gates.

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4 Responses to “Vertical Parking – The Car Jukebox”

  1. Stephanie Says:
    March 12th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    They have something like the outside one in NYC too. I’m not sure how many there are but there is one near me and I was really surprised when I saw it. It’s different though, of course. There’s two elevators for the cars and something like 5 floors with spaces fro 4 cars on each side, the elevators are in the middle.

  2. KAMRAN Says:
    August 16th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    we are looking to buy some of these kind of parking ,
    can you help us in this regards .

  3. ILYA STARR Says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Good morning!
    Can you give me a price quote on this type of equipment for vertical parking and how I can buy it?
    Can you also provide info about different types of this equipment and what would be the smallest size of the land in order to install it?
    Thank you ,

  4. Ciprian Cirstea Says:
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:07 am


    I think the Vertical Parking idea is amazing. How can they be purchased? If I would want to sell them in Romania for instance, how would I proceed ?

    Best regards,
    Ciprian Cirstea


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