Chinese Create Cool Folding Parking Spot-Sized Garage

China may often be making automotive headlines for the wrong reasons, but it does occasionally show some actual engineering brilliance. These fold-able parking cocoons originate in the People’s Republic, but are all the rage in some other Middle Eastern or Asian nations as well.

Not all have electric motors like this one, which you can keep deployed to protect your personal home spot clear of unwanted punters. Then, when you come home you can fold it away at the push of a button (or possibly smartphone), drive your car in, get out, lock it then have the canopy come over the car to hide it.

It’s a really neat idea if you feel like it would actually benefit you, say if you regularly parked under molting trees or angry birds.

These solutions have been around for a few years, but they are now gaining tech and becoming smarter and easier to use.

If you still don’t know what we’re on about, scroll down to the video below.

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Chinese company creates a cocoon-style garage for your ridePosted by Carscoops on Monday, July 13, 2015

  • klowik

    failed. This fits only certain size of cars. It wont fit taller vehicles such as SUVs.

    • InSynergy

      Just until a bigger (and boxier) version is released.

    • none

      The only fail is that people buy suv’s. If they buy normal cars, they can park them.
      It’s the same as mac-users complaining about 90% of all software is for windows. So what? don’t buy weird stuff, problem solved.

      • KF

        If one can’t park an SUV, why does one have a license? It’s still a car with 4 wheels…

      • NeMo

        uhh…i’m a bit late with this retort but… WHEN do (true) Mac users EVER complain about not having access to the plethora of buggy software available for Windows?! (yuk-yuk) Seriously though, I have complained when Apple began making the OS to behave more like Windows (while MS was busy trying to be like a Mac)…. I DEFINITELY agree with you “SUV’s are a fail” statement though. I note that many (especially entry-level/affordable SUV models are just big boxes placed onto car platforms 🙁 yuk!

  • I wouldn’t call this brilliant. It’s basically a tent. Any hobo with a broken beer bottle can slash the fabric and still pee on your car.

  • TheBelltower

    Why would anyone want this ugly thing in front of their house instead of a proper garage?

    • Vassilis

      Because it’s cheaper and much easier to implement.

      • TheBelltower

        Is it cheaper? It looks complexed and fragile. And ugly.

        • Vassilis

          Than building a whole garage? Yes I’m pretty sure it’s cheaper. It’s also very functional and therefore, clever.

          • TheBelltower

            It depends on what kind of garage. A fairly inexpensive one will offer more protection, more space and be more attractive. I don’t know what this costs. But I figure this may be at least $5-10k. That can get you a very basic permanent structure, assuming you already own the land.

    • David Swanepoel

      It is not in front of a stand-alone house but at complex or office.

    • Because some people have “Sunday” drivers that they don’t necessarily use every day and not everyone has a 3 car garage.

  • adles

    So? We had these in Slovakia since 80s.

  • fabri99

    It’s clever, maybe they should work on the way it looks a little bit more.

  • Kawsh

    i’d say its more about weather protection than theft and vandalism

    • Arminius

      Agreed – although it might be also about helping to ensure your reserved parking spot is not so easily intruded upon. Weather protection can be more easily and conveniently provided of course by the car covers of old.

  • Sébastien

    Low on news? It exists for years
    Eg http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g_mVn5Hf3EM

    I’d rather get something like http://www.cardok.com

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