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Wallah systeminMumbai. Every day, tens even hundreds of thou-


sands ofMumbai housewives send hubbies off to work and then prepare their lunches in a Tiffin box. The metal canisters are collect- ed from all over the city by so-called Tiffin Wallahs who make a few cents by carrying the boxes.All the boxes are taken to a central distribution point, where they are re-sorted into delivery loads and theWallahs then head out to take themeals to their eager recipients. The thing is, most of the TiffinWallahs


are illiterate and rely on simple color codes to get the right box to the right hubby. There is no automation, nothing is written down,


but it works with a very few boxes being lost ormiss-delivered. So what has this to do with robotic car parks? India at one


extreme is a very highly developed and sophisticated country. They do space and they have nuclear weapons, and they have some of themost brilliant scientificminds on the planet. The problem is that this technical sophistication really only


scratches the surface. I think that the desire for robotic parking is an attempt to be “modern,” and I fear thatwhen they get one, they will not knowhowto keep itworking or have customerswho can


dealwith the operation.You expect a guy to put their car in a pre- cise position in a country where someone will happily park their car in the middle of a road junction in the rush hour to go shop- ping? Could be interesting. One of the selling points of a robot is that the car is unat-


tended and so safe. In an Indian city where thousands of people live on the streets, it will be only a matter of time before people move in to the car park and set up home. So good luck to the robotics people, but I kind of think that you will have a short and unhappy experience if you go there.


Armenia The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


(EBRD) is planning to invest in a program to develop subways, trams, parks and car parking in the city ofYerevan inArmenia. That’s all, just thought you would like to know.


Nottingham Nottingham has decided to introduce a workplace parking


levy.We looked at this in London a zillion years ago and binned it because it was stupid. Nottingham has, however, relentlessly plowed on, not bothering with facts or analysis or, indeed, any


understanding at all, as far as I can see.And with government Continued on Page 38


Access and Revenue Control


Thousands of cars converge on your lots every day. And you need your gates to open like magic. Ready?


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