Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more.

Robot Parking System: Metal Gear Valet

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

We’re already working on autonomous cars, so why not have autonomous parking systems? Düsseldorf Airport recently opened a premium parking service that employs robot valets called Ray. Made by Serva Transport Systems, Ray is equipped with forklifts to transport vehicles in and out of the airport’s parking area.

ray-robot-parking-system-by-serva-transport-systemszoom in

When you leave your car at the airport’s premium parking, a laser scanner will measure your vehicle. If needed, the assigned Ray will then adjust the width of its forklift handles to accommodate your vehicle. The robot then uses more lasers to navigate the parking area and avoid obstacles, tightly packing parked cars together like sardines.  Because the system doesn’t involve human drivers i.e. no one has to enter or exit the vehicles, Ray can store cars closer together, maximizing the parking area’s capacity.

When you get back, you can use an Android app to alert the parking system, so that a robot can retrieve your vehicle. Düsseldorf Airport also implies that the retrieval process can be automated, because you’ll log in your flight details – including your arrival – when you leave your car.

Düsseldorf’s presentation video below is in German, but the demo is mostly self-explanatory:

Serva’s animated presentation shows how multiple Rays can work together to move vehicles around:

Have your browser transport you to Serva Transports Systems’ website for more on Ray.

[via Düsseldorf Airport via designboom]

 



Fill-in Filmography Print

Fill-in Filmography Print

Lemonade Pet Insurance

Lemonade Pet Insurance

Egor Leather Tool Rolls

Egor Leather Tool Rolls

Advertisement
David Hasselhoff’s Knight Rider K.I.T.T. Replica for Sale

David Hasselhoff’s Knight Rider K.I.T.T. Replica for Sale

Porsche Celebrates 25 Years of the Boxster with Limited-edition Boxster 25 Years

Porsche Celebrates 25 Years of the Boxster with Limited-edition Boxster 25 Years

Mysterious Heritage Limited Edition Ford Bronco Rumors Surface

Mysterious Heritage Limited Edition Ford Bronco Rumors Surface

Advertisement