A Robot Called Ray Will Park Your Car For You at This German Airport

By Gerald Lynch on at

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.

The video below is in German, but it'll give you some idea of how the system works. [YouTube, Mashable]