I'm sure we can all agree that a big turnoff in driving to the big-city is that parking is hard to come by... and when you finally find the golden parking spot, there is always the concern of your car getting broken into.
The 43-year-old Japanese company Giken Engineering Group may have the solution with an out-of-the-box idea with their car parking system, Eco-Park.
Giken's solution is the underground, cylindrical Eco-Park. Using Giken's proprietary prefab and piling technology, the earthquake-resistant structure takes just 100 days to install and fits fifty cars. The user experience of parking/retrieving a car takes 24 seconds on average, and humans are kept well away from the invisible machinery that makes it run. Best of all, the Eco-Park requires a diameter of just 20 meters and leaves behind an aboveground presence of just one car-sized hut....pretty interesting concept of storing your car like a Hershey's bar in a vending machine. Although an ambitious concept, I wonder what would happen if the machine breaks trapping your car underground indefinitely...