Traffic-congested London, hampered with ever-increasing parking problems, is looking with interest at Bow Bells House, Cheapside, U.
LV.PAN. St. Paul's Cathedral PAN down to car park full.
SV.PAN. Another packed car park.
LV. Another ditto.
SV. Another ditto.
ANGLE SHOT. New block of offices, Bow Bells House, Cheapside.
LV.PAN. Car down ramp to underground parking place.
SV.PAN. Another ditto.
SV.Towards...car stops in underground car park.
SV.PAN Woman leaves car, finds parking space in back row, walks to control panel.
CU. Woman presses button.
SV. Car platforms moving along.
CU. Rollers of car platform.
LV Gap opens in front row of cars to allow women to drive through.
SV. Woman backs car through gap into back row.
LV. Woman leaves car, walks to control panel.
CU. Woman pulls down control lever.
SV. Front row of cars move back into position.
SV.PAN. Man enters car park searching for his car.
SV Front row of cars moving on platforms.
LV.PAN. As front row of cars open up man leaves in bubble car through gap.
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Background: Traffic-congested London, hampered with ever-increasing parking problems, is looking with interest at Bow Bells House, Cheapside, U.K. where an ingenious system of moveable platforms - "The Carpack"-just installed - demonstrates an easy and economical method of parking your car.
The Carpack system enables automobiles to be parked in at least two solid lines against a wall. The front line of cars are mounted on movable ramps, with one gap providing a clear run for any car to be removed.
Motorists simply run down the ramp into the basement of Bow Bells House and locate a space against the wall. Press a button and the front rank of cars moves along sideways until the space provided opposite the parking spot selected - then drive straight in.
It becomes possible therefore to park row after row of cars, one in front of the other, providing each row has a single gap for manoeuvering purposes.