About Royce Monteverdi

A graduate of the University of Stuttgart, Royce Monteverdi was developing cutting edge developments in the steel and construction industries in Germany before envisioning a new application of technology to the field of automobile parking.

Between 1989 and 1992, while working as an engineer at Krupp Industrietechnik, and then as owner of Stahlbau Technik Neckar, he and fellow German engineer Heiner Schween developed proprietary technology to make a fully robotic garage possible for the first time, even coining the term Robotic Parking. Continue reading

When is Robotic Parking not Robotic Parking?

In the 1990s automated parking was still largely just a discussion about possibilities. While there were some old “mechanical garages” in New York and New Jersey, to most people in the parking industry, a robotic garage was one where the entry and exit gates went up and down automatically. The concept of a software system running a garage was still futuristic.

This was the environment in 1994, when Royce Monteverdi coined the term “robotic parking” and established Robotic Parking Systems, Inc. Monteverdi developed the “Lift and Run” system, a software controlled system that ran three separate sets of machines, for the x, y and z axes, to take a car from an entry bay to an upper level, park it, and bring it back to the gate or terminal on demand.

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The Lift and Run system, integrating mechanical capability with software control, was a monumental breakthrough in the parking industry. As the New York Times mentioned in 2000, Robotic Parking Systems’ working garage in Hoboken, NJ was the country’s first fully automatic garage.

In the following decade, the term “robotic parking” was picked up and used by others entering the field. Today it has become a generic term for the type of software controlled automatic parking system pioneered by Monteverdi.

And of course, as with any new technology, those entering the field have attempted to bring other technologies into the field, or innovate on the original concepts, with varying degrees of success.

News occasionally comes across our plates about a “robotic parking” garage having difficulty retrieving cars promptly, even some with much smaller capacities than the garages built by Robotic Parking Systems. The use of the term robotic parking should not be interpreted to mean that these garages are using the Robotic Parking Systems technology, which includes the patented Lift and Run system and Robotic Parking Systems proprietary software.

To date we have not seen an alternative system that has been able to match or exceed Robotic Parking Systems’ peak traffic rates of delivery.

The Robotic Parking Systems garage in Dubai, for example, was tested in 2009 and delivered 252 cars per hour; more than four cars per minute, at peak traffic times. The garage the company is currently building will deliver more than 500 cars per hour at peak traffic.

This is not the first time that an original name has been picked up and used across an industry. Escalators were once the proprietary invention of the Otis Elevator Company. We all know how Xerox and Kleenex became generic terms.

Whatever confusion is created by seeing “robotic parking” in a headline of a story that has nothing to do with Robotic Parking Systems, Inc., we are proud that, like Xerox and Kleenex, Robotic Parking Systems continues to provide the benchmarks and performance standards we came out of the (robotic) starting gate with in 1994.

Royce Monteverdi Biography

Royce Monteverdi has carved new roads in the fields of architecture and engineering, when he re-engineered the concept of automated parking.  Coining the term and concept of “robotic parking” he developed not only the physical structure but the software technology to elevate the idea to a fully computerized parking garage that essentially parks its own cars, dramatically cutting down space requirements and saving customers the time and frustration involved in driving around floors and up and down ramps.

One of his companies, Robotic Systems LLC, was presented with the Arabia Corporate Social Responsibility Award by the Emirates Environmental Group.

Monteverdi was the developer of the Automated and Mechanical Parking Association guideline for automated parking, now adopted as the standard by the National Parking Association in Washington, DC. He initiated the National Fire Code for automated parking for the National Fire Protection Association and serves as a technical committee member for the association.

While continuing to design and build cutting edge robotic parking garages, Monteverdi also produces stunning architectural designs, interior design and furniture design — all channels for expanding upon his purpose to uplift the lives of those his products touch.

Monteverdi is also a regular face in humanitarian and social causes, most recently leading teams of hurricane relief volunteers with the  Florida Governmental Emergency Management and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

How it Works

The Robotic Parking Systems patented technology, developed by Royce Monteverdi, enables parking from hundreds up to several thousand cars in half the area of a conventional ramp-style garage.

This creates more space for design, development and community enhancements. Architects and developers can use less space for parking and incorporate more green space, retail space, residential or office space or combinations of these. Continue reading

Project: Pinellas Park, Florida

This robotic parking garage was completed in 2006 and serves as employee parking and the company’s research, development and testing facility.

Royce Monteverdi‘s Robotic Parking Systems, Inc. manufacturers its machinery from raw steel to pinellas2finished product using off-the-shelf, high-quality electrical and mechanical components with L10 lifetimes of 40,000 hours or above. As part of its strategic partnership with Robotic Parking Systems, General Electric supplies all motors, electronics and automation controls for the company’s automated garages.

All of the automated parking machinery produced in the Clearwater, Florida factory undergo a 24 hour stress test and certification before being shipped to a job site. Rigorous quality control procedures are followed to ensure the flawless operation of the machinery and equipment being implemented in the field.