Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Robot Ray solves parking problem

Parking robot Ray transports a car at Dusseldorf airport, Germany (AP)

Plane to catch and no time to search for a parking space?

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 euro (£23) a day and primarily targets busy business travellers, but is open to anyone.

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