WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES -- West Hollywood has a new, high-tech way to help people find parking with a driver-free method.
Finding street parking can be a challenge when going out for a night on the town, but hidden in one parking structure are spots that don't require a driver to maneuver into.
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The city unveiled the West Coast's first fully automated parking structure.
"When you find out more about the process and more about how it works - it's interesting. It's really mind blowing," one resident said.
Drivers simply pull into a machine, lock their cars and take a ticket. The robotic garage does the heavy lifting. Mechanical shuttles move the car in and out of the $18 million computerized car park.
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The structure used to be an old surface lot with only 68 spots, but has now become a state-of-the-art structure with 200 spaces.
West Hollywood Councilman John Duran said the city did not have any space for a typical parking garage and that the new structure lacks ramps that usually take up parking space.
The garage, located on Santa Monica Boulevard, opens June 1. null
West Hollywood unveils West Coast's 1st automatic parking structure
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