Is there anything more stressful than running late for a flight? If you've been stuck in traffic on the way to the airport, the last thing you want to do is navigate a labyrinthine car park. A new automated system at Germany's Düsseldorf eases the strain -- providing you trust a robot named "Ray" with your wheels.
The ParkingPlus system uses touchscreen panels to confirm a car's owner and that the vehicle has been left empty, before Ray and his forklift-like arms take control. Capable of shifting standard cars weighing up to 3.31 tonnes, Ray then takes the vehicle off to a parking bay. Connecting to an app and the airport's flight data, ParkingPlus can anticipate when a passenger is about to return from a flight, allowing it to regulate its available parking slots for the speediest return to a customer. Likewise, accompanying iOS and Android apps allow a user to warn the automated system that their itinerary has been changed, with the parking bot organising its bays appropriately.