How to Park Your Bike…with Robots

How to Park Your Bike…with Robots

Written by sonicsuns

Topics: Everything, Tips

Here’s how to park your bike…with robots
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(not these robots)


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/(Actually, my use of the word “robots” makes almost no sense at all; these things have exactly one moving part and it’s not very autonomous anyways. But…whatever! I can use cool-sounding names if I like.)
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/First, you find a robo-parking lot.
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They look something like this


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/There’s a series of metal parking spots. They alternate between low and high.
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/The purpose of this is to stop everybody’s handlebars from bumping into everybody else’s handlebars.
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See?


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/Now sometimes, you’ll see parking spaces like this, and there’s no locking system,. In that case, it’s either a free space, or else a guy will walk up to and ask for 100 yen (that’s about one dollar). But other times the space is a bit fancier, in which case you’ll need the rest of these instructions.
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/At the front of an empty space, you’ll see a number. At the other end, you’ll see the same number and a light. You’ll need that number when you’re done. (Though you don’t really need to memorize it. The number isn’t going anywhere)
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The light is on, which means that the spot is free. If the light is off, then the spot is taken. (Though really, the fact that there’s a BIKE in the way should be your first clue on that subject.)

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/Slide your front tire into the slot:
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/And follow up with the back tire so the whole thing is perched in the parking space:
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Don’t forget to lock the back wheel like you usually do:

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/Meanwhile, the front is locked automatically by this little piece of metal that extends from the side:
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/You can still move the bike, actually; the metal lock will get out of the way automatically. Now that your bike is in place, the light should be blinking. That means you’ve got about one minute before it actually locks down, and then you have to pay the machine to get your bike back. You’re done for the moment. Go about your business. When you want your bike again, find something that looks like this:
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/Type in the number of your parking spot:
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/Press this little button to confirm:
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Notice that it doesn’t need ID or anything. That means anyone can unlock your bike just by typing in the number and paying the machine. That’s why it’s important to lock the back wheel with your own key.

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The normal rate is 100 Yen ($1) for 12 hours.

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/Over at your parking space, the lock unlocks and the light starts blinking again. Go ahead and get your bike.
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/So that’s robo-parking as I’ve witnessed thus far. But I’ll keep my eye out for cooler robots. =)
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/Image credit: http://www.robot-japan.com/Gallery/BandaiAmerica/PowerRangers/Power_Zords.JPG

  • Dear Jimmy,

    Funny you have those pictures of the robots. I used to watch Transformers with my brother when he was little. It was funny imaging Optimus Prime parking your bike. lol

    Warm regards,
    Buffy

  • Dear Jimmy,

    Funny you have those pictures of the robots. I used to watch Transformers with my brother when he was little. It was funny imaging Optimus Prime parking your bike. lol

    Warm regards,
    Buffy

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