A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car at This German Airport
In Germany, high tech has come to airport parking.When you think about it, this sort of system makes a lot of sense. The robot valet can "park" cars so that they are very nearly touching, meaning that more cars can be parked in a lot. There doesn't need to be enough room for imperfect humans to navigate rows, or even for two- way traffic - the rows can be exactly one car wide, and the cars can be stacked pretty deep.
Last week, Düsseldorf airport (DUS) introduced robot valets to take the hassle out of parking for travelers.
Travelers can leave their cars at the arrival level of the ParkingPLUS structure. As they leave, they confirm on a touch-screen that no one is in the car. The robot valet, nicknamed "Ray," takes it from there.
They call it "Ray." I think that's hysterical. There's another video here that has actual video footage of "Ray" at work. It's pretty darn cool, although I'd be wary of letting "Ray" take the Earthf**ker - it barely fits in most parking garages as it is; with the lift needed to move it, I'd be afraid it would leave the cap and half the roof at the entrance.
Another interesting thing, unrelated to this story, is how much English has crept into the German language. The above video and the video at the original link are in German, but there are enough English words that I could pretty much follow along. "Parking Haus", "app", and "click" are all readily apparent - apparently the Germans aren't as psychotic as the French about keeping English words out of the language...
I'd let a robot park my car - you can tip them in 10W30!
That is all.