“The United States has taken a great leap forward in the parking department, with the opening of a fully automated parking facility.” The influential American "Kiplinger Letter" said they expect automated parking to be so widespread as to be commonplace in the US by 2007. “Instead of ramps, with entrance and exit lanes, the entrance to the garage is simplicity itself. The driver drives his or her car into one of several entrance bays at grade level, gets out of the car, keeps the keys” “Because no one enters the garage itself, it virtually eliminates any danger of vandalism, scratches, dents or theft of a vehicle. And more importantly, it eliminates any threat of personal danger. No more having to walk around alone in a dark, dangerous garage looking for one's car, and the convenience of all ground-level access. No more having to take elevators or walk upstairs with heavy parcels to search for one's car.” “As one expert enthused: "Automated parking provides all the convenience of a valet service - without the valet, practically no wait, and no tip!"