There are lots of multi-level parkings in big citied because
we don't have enough space to park cars on the ground.
The original system was invented in 1929 by Sumi Rikichi who lived in Osaka .
Though he got the first patent for the multi-level parking, now we don't know
who he was and why he invented such system.
It might be too early to invent such a machine.
Practical machine was completed in the high development period after the World War II
The first machine was set in Takashima-ya Department Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, in 1962
How to move cars (external link)
(Japanese only. The movie is very intersting.
Press the small white square buttons below the movie, right on the top page)