Friday 28 November 2014

Late for your flight? Let the robot park your car

Published 23/06/2014 | 18:00

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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
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

Travellers at Dusseldorf airport in Germany can now leave the job to a robot valet.

Airport spokesman Thomas Koetter said the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work tomorrow and can be booked using a smartphone app.

All travellers need to do is leave their car in a designated area and confirm it is empty and ready to go.

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

Mr Koetter said the forklift-like machine can carry any standard car weighing up to three tons and is fully insured.

The service costs €29 a day and primarily targets busy business travellers, but is open to anyone.

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