We still do not have the “cars of the future” that were promised by the World’s Fair, The Jetsons, and Back to the Future Part II, but now in West Hollywood, we have the parking garage of the future.
Designed by the Israeli technology company Unitronics–who apparently decided that the future could wait for flying cars that fold into briefcases–the garage automates the process of parking your boring, land-shackled car.
After pulling into a small “entry bay” and exiting the car, the system shuttles the car into one of 200 parking spaces. Returning to the lot, the mechanical dolly whisks the car into an exit bay, saving you the trouble of playing Marco Polo with your car at 1 o’clock in the morning.
As the doors to the exit bay open and your car waits like an apparition of convenience, Samuel Morse’s famous, portentous quote echos in your mind, What hath man wrought? But then, you get into your “Galapagos green” 2009 Honda Civic with the sticky cupholder and remember that the past lied to us and all we got was a fancy parking lot.