15-Story Vending Machine Sells Used Luxury Cars in Singapore
Because land comes at a premium and car salesmen suckby Robert Moore, on
Necessity is the mother of invention. That has never been more evident than in Singapore where Autobahn Motors was faced with a major dilemma – where to store and display the 50+ luxury cars it has for sale while using as little space as possible. The answer? A 15-story building engineered as a large-scale automobile vending machine. It is, at the time of this writing, known as the “world’s largest luxury car vending machine” and can display up to 60 cars at once. And, the best part is, it functions as a real-life vending machine. Simply walk up to the computer outside the building, choose your ride, and make the necessary payment. Once payment has been made, the vending platform goes to work and delivers your new vehicles within just a minute or two – that means no haggling with salesmen and no excessive waiting periods.
Looking at the company’s website, there’s a pretty healthy list of used cars ready for the taking. There’s a 2014 McLaren 650S, a 2011 Bentley Continental GT 6.0, and a 1992 Mercedes SL500, to name a few. Hell, you can even buy a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sport or a 2013 Volkswagen Golf. The system that makes this massive vending machine possible is called the Automotive Inventory Management System (AIMS) and was designed by Autobahn Motors. It’s so intuitive and useful, however, that the company’s general manager, Gary Hong, has been approached by different developers looking to use the AIMS system for parking services.
Vending Machines for Everything!!
In some areas of the world, you can purchase beer from vending machines. In others, you can purchase Marijuana and even sports equipment. So, it’s not surprising that automotive vending machines are starting to pop up given our advancements in artificial intelligence and the fact that the internet is available just about anywhere. It should be noted, however, that this isn’t the “first” car vending machine. Not that long ago, a company called Carvana opened up a new vending machine in Nashville, Tenn. This system, however, requires you to complete your purchase online, then pick up your car later. That’s where ABM’s car vending solution stands out, as you can do everything right there on the spot.
So, what do you think? Will automotive vending machines eventually phase out car dealers and salesmen altogether? Do you fancy a time where purchasing a car is as simple as touching a few buttons on a tablet and waiting for it to appear in front of you? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.