Luxury Car Vending Machine? Yes, That’s a Thing!

Written By Nicola Burridge
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Now, we’re all used to choosing our favorite snack or beverage from a vending machine when we’re in a hurry. But in Singapore, they’re taking convenience to a whole new level. Never mind chips and drinks, they now have the largest vending machine in the world, and it’s dispensing cars. Yes, that’s right; a luxury car vending machine!

The 15 storey luxury car vending machine operated by Autobahn Motors in Singapore (Photo: abm.sg )

Autobahn Motors opened the 15-story luxury car vending machine in Singapore in December, causing quite a stir in the automotive industry. With space being pretty tight in Singapore, the idea was developed to make the most of the available space, bring innovation and creativity to the market, and help Autobahn Motors (a used car company) stand out from the competition.

Customers use the touchscreen system at the bottom of the tower to select the car they’d like to see. The luxury car vending machine is just that; a tower filled with luxury cars – including Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and a 1955 Morgan Plus 4 – that are dispensed on a moving platform through the center of the tower, in just a couple of minutes, to the waiting customer.

Another 250,000 jars and Abby wouldn't just be dreaming of performing donuts in a Lamborghini Aventador (Photo: flickr.com/photos/formatc1/)
Another 250,000 jars and Abby wouldn’t just be dreaming of performing donuts in a Lamborghini Aventador (Photo: flickr.com/photos/formatc1/)

The general manager of Autobahn Motors, Gary Hong, has said that developers have contacted him regarding the design of the luxury car vending machine so that they can implement the technology for car parking and storage. The technology from Singapore has been adopted by other companies, including a US company, Carvana, in San Antonio, Texas, which opened its first eight-story car vending machine in March to store and sell used cars.

The format has also been implemented this year in Miami, where residents of The Dezervator can drive their luxury cars straight into the Porsche Design Tower to display them like pieces of art outside their apartments, in the center of the glass tower.

 

In 1918, Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka commissioned a life-sized sex doll of his former lover, Alma Mahler (widow of composer Gustav Mahler and then-wife of architect Walter Gropius). He dressed it in custom-made clothes and took it with him on trips, to cafés, and to the theater. He destroyed it publicly several years later, claiming it had “cured him of his passions." 

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