Problems create the most innovative solutions. Japan has space issues combined with frequent seismic occurrences, so their engineers have come up with a clever parking scheme for the dense urban areas.
Eco-cycle is an anti-seismic mechanical underground parking lot by using the press-in technologies. It is the brainchild of an engineering company, Giken Seisakusho, and was developed with the design philosophy of “Culture Aboveground, Function Underground”.
The engineers dug wells in the ground and build robotic systems to store the bicycles underground. The parking and retrieval take around 15 seconds, which quicker than having your latte served in London.
The fee for the scheme is 2600 yen (approximately £16.90 per month). Students pay half price.
Have a look at Culture Japan’s video on how the parking system works at the Shinagawa Station.