Wel­come to the fu­ture: Take a peek into Sin­ga­pore’s first ro­botic valet ser­vice

Mhe-demag’s Au­to­mated Guided Ve­hi­cle park­ing so­lu­tion uses a laser-guided po­si­tion­ing sys­tem for nav­i­ga­tion and re­trieval.

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In the 1990s, au­to­mated car park­ing was largely just a dis­cus­sion about pos­si­bil­i­ties. Hav­ing your car parked by a ro­bot was some­thing that we thought would hap­pen only ‘in the fu­ture.’ With the in­tro­duc­tion of Mhe-demag’s Au­to­mated Guided Ve­hi­cle (AGV) park­ing so­lu­tion, we have es­sen­tially brought the ‘fu­ture’ to this re­gion.

Mhe-demag’s AGV park­ing so­lu­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment. It in­volves em­ploy­ing a ro­bot to help driv­ers park their cars. In sim­ple terms, it is like hav­ing a ro­bot as your valet. Imag­ine head­ing to a shop­ping mall where you drive into a car lift, get out from your car and hand your ve­hi­cle over to a ro­bot. The ro­bot then man­ages the en­tire park­ing process for you, while you are free to go about your day. When you are done, all you have to do is just swipe your card and the ro­bot will de­liver your car to you. You can also ‘or­der’ your car through an app, which will bring it closer to the exit point, re­sult­ing in a quicker col­lec­tion of your car.

Sleek and so­phis­ti­cated

The AGV, which is sub­stan­tially more ad­vanced and so­phis­ti­cated, works dif­fer­ently from other me­chan­i­cal park­ing sys­tems. For in­stance, be­sides the has­sle­free park­ing, the av­er­age re­trieval time for a car parked with the AGV park­ing so­lu­tion is 2 min­utes, as com­pared to con­ven­tional multi-storey car parks, which take around 10 to 15 min­utes.

Un­like con­ven­tional au­to­matic park­ing sys­tems, which re­quire con­veyor belts or lift sys­tems to trans­port the cars, the AGV does not re­quire phys­i­cal tracks for the trans­port ve­hi­cles. In­stead, the AGV uses a laser-guided po­si­tion­ing sys­tem to nav­i­gate us­ing mark­ers or wires places in the floor.

The AGV is small. There­fore, it is able to shut­tle in var­i­ous di­rec­tion and nar­row drive­ways. It pro­vides flex­i­bil­ity in car park lay­out and al­lows for more ef­fi­cient use of avail­able space. The AGV works on all types of cars (Sedan, SUV, and MPV) weigh­ing up to 2600 kg and sizes up to 5.25m (L) x 2.15m (W) x 2.0m (H). This is a stan­dard di­men­sion of AGV park­ing so­lu­tion.

Con­ven­tional park­ing sys­tems de­pend highly on hu­man be­hav­iour when it comes to traf­fic con­trol, safety, lo­gis­tic, and oth­ers. AGV is able to sim­plify the process by min­imis­ing hu­man in­volve­ment thus sav­ing time, en­sur­ing bet­ter traf­fic con­trol, pro­vid­ing more ef­fi­cient lo­gis­tic man­age­ment, and greater safety.

A his­tory of in­no­va­tion

Mhe-demag has a long and proud his­tory of be­ing a leader in the ma­te­rial han­dling in­dus­try. Es­tab­lished in 1972, Mhe-demag op­er­ates within a close-knit re­gional net­work in Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, Thai­land, In­done­sia, Philip­pines, Viet­nam, Tai­wan and Aus­tralia, sup­ported by 11 man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties and over 70 sales and ser­vice of­fices across Asia-pa­cific.

Apart from au­to­mated park­ing sys­tems, Mhe-demag of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive range of in­dus­trial cranes and hoists, ware­hous­ing equip­ment such as lift trucks and dock lev­ellers, aerial work plat­forms and build­ing main­te­nance units (BMUS) for safe work­ing at height.

Mhe-demag in­tro­duced the AGV to this re­gion in 2016 and Sin­ga­pore is the first coun­try to have adopted it. The AGV park­ing sys­tem in 18 Robin­son is tar­geted to be com­pleted by Q4 2018. The park­ing so­lu­tion will pro­vide 90 park­ing lots, dis­trib­uted evenly over the five base­ment floors. The en­tire sys­tem is con­trolled and man­aged by a com­puter net­work, which al­lows a high de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity. It is ca­pa­ble of switch­ing op­er­a­tion modes to adapt to dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments in the day, for ex­am­ple, to cater to peak or morn­ing rush hours as well as less busy hours in the af­ter­noon. In ad­di­tion, the AGV park­ing so­lu­tion that will be in­stalled has the abil­ity to park cars in lon­gi­tude (par­al­lel) & tra­verse (re­verse) direc­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously (dual di­rec­tion park­ing), which is im­pos­si­ble with other sys­tems.

“Mhe-demag has a long and proud his­tory of be­ing a leader in the ma­te­rial han­dling in­dus­try.”

Mhe-demag demon­strat­ing the Au­to­mated Guided Ve­hi­cle park­ing sys­tem to po­ten­tial cus­tomers in Malaysia

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