More recently Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) technology is being used in automated parking and although AGVs have been used in automated warehousing for decades, they remain unproven in automated parking systems. Vehicles are parked on pallets in the parking modules which are collected from the parking modules by the AGVs driving beneath the vehicle pallet, lifting it, then moving it out of the parking module into the system. The number of AGVs in the system is flexible and can be based around the client’s throughput and budgetary requirements.
Typically AGV systems operate on solid, finished concrete floors and can move in both lengthways and sideways directions (X and Y planes) along fixed paths and are also able to rotate on the spot. This potentially allows for the vehicle pallets to be collected by an AGV from any direction, and with several AGVs operating on a floor, it also allows for multiple, simultaneous parking and retrieval movements along multiple paths.
Vehicle elevators are used within the system to move the vehicle pallets with or without an AGV.
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