1651: Robotic Garage

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Robotic Garage
But listen, if getting your car out from under the pile is REALLY important to you, we do have an axe you can borrow.
Title text: But listen, if getting your car out from under the pile is REALLY important to you, we do have an axe you can borrow.


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In some cities, automated parking systems (aka robotic garages) are used to reduce the amount of space needed to store cars, as opposed to traditional parking buildings. The robotic system eliminates the needs for ramps and circulation/reversing areas. Normally, they work by having the user drive their car onto an elevator and get out, after which the elevator lifts or lowers the car into a compact storage space. Here Cueball drives up to what he believes to be a garage of this type operated by Black Hat. However, instead of an elevator carefully moving it into a storage space, a robotic claw simply picks up the car and dumps it in a bin of cars.

This type of parking options will not only break the car, but also make it impossible to take out if the car is at the bottom, hence the cars are 'stacked'. [1]


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First Post (just read that comic (and this) the other day and couldn't help my self :-) --Kynde (talk) 08:40, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

black hat axe hmmm fire rescue axe? maybe? possibly damaging the car defeating the purpose of an automatic "aprking" system that handles cars like top gear handles valet keys? Needforsuv (talk) 12:16, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Well, an axe would definately damage everyone else's car. Mikemk (talk) 21:00, 5 March 2016 (UTC)
For some reason, I thought the axe was "hack a hole into the bottom of the bin, to gain access/egress for your car", although that would have meant BlackHat has as little regard of his own 'storage device' as the cars themselves... 12:52, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

When I first read this I did it as Cueball being mistaken that it was a parking garage when it really was a car crusher, and since Blackhat then would get money from the recycling of the car he does not care if Cueball gets it back ever WJBodin3 (talk) 02:26, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

Ya'll think this is a joke about Black Hat being disrespectful of other people's things again. It's not (well, it is, but it's not just that). This is actually reasonably accurate. I've seen cars go vertical on the elevators in a robotic garage. And if the automation software goes wrong (as it very well can), getting the correct car out can be difficult. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It seems like the explanation is perfect as it is, and you guys are overcomplicating Black Hat's quote. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Agree. I removed the icomplete-tag. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 11:18, 7 March 2016 (UTC)

I think this is also a reference to a common practice of having a "bowl of keys" to prevent people from driving drunk from a party. You put your key in the bowl, and when you've leaving for the night the host makes you're sober to drive and digs the key out of the bowl. 18:00, 15 March 2022 (UTC)

I've never been to a party where that happens. But, then again, I've also never been to a party where a bowl of car-keys has been used for a different purpose, at the start of the evening. So it probably just confirms what I already knew: that I don't go to enough parties. 21:27, 15 March 2022 (UTC)