Robot valet to park cars at German airport

Jun 23, 2014
Parking robot "Ray" transports a car in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, 23 June 2014. The parking robot will see service for the first time at Duesseldorf Airport. (AP Photo/dpa, Federico Gambarini)

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking?

Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet.

An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a .

Thomas Koetter says all travelers need to do is leave their car in a designated area and confirm it's empty and ready to go.

Then Ray or one of its cybernetic colleagues will take the car to one of 249 reserved for robots.

Koetter says the forklift-like machine can carry any standard weighing up to 3 metric tons (3.31 tons) and is fully insured.

He says the service costing 29 euros ($39.43) a day targets busy business travelers but is open to anyone.

Parking robot "Ray" transports a car in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, 23 June 2014. The parking robot will see service for the first time at Duesseldorf Airport. (AP Photo/dpa, Federico Gambarini)


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Jeweller
not rated yet Jun 23, 2014
That's a very good idea. I hope it is imported to South African Airports very soon.
baudrunner
4 / 5 (2) Jun 23, 2014
Seems like overkill. Why not just park the car over a rectangular plate and press a button as you exit the parking station. The control unit issues a stub for you to use to identify the car when you return to pick it up, and the car is parked using an idea which is already growing old, the Automatic Parking System/ Car Stacker. I doubt that this robot car parker will fly.
nilbud
not rated yet Jun 30, 2014
For €29 a day why not get a taxi to the airport.