Monday - Sep 25, 2017

Düsseldorf Airport’s autonomous robot driven car parking system begins to strut its stuff

Düsseldorf Airport's autonomous robot driven car parking system begins to strut its stuff

Any business traveller, and especially one as planned of a long day of meetings between two relatively long flights, would be entitled to daydream that as they emerge from the terminal and facing a car journey home that the often dramatic task of finding their car in a massive airport car park would be taken care of for them, by a willing and friendly car park attendant.

Well the good news is that, at least at Düsseldorf Airport, that dream has become a reality thanks to the arrival of “Ray”, the friendly robot car park attendant.

“Ray” has only recently swung into action at has become the nearest thing to an overnight sensation. That’s because “Ray” can be programmed to know when your flight is scheduled to arrive and will even take delays and holdups into account. Once”Ray” gets the message that the customer’s flight has arrived successfully, will step out into the massive car park at Düsseldorf, find the appropriate car, pick it up lovingly and gently and deliver it to a conveniently situated pickup point.

Passengers arriving at Düsseldorf deposit their car in a specially designed and very brightly-lit parking portal, which allows “Ray” to rapidly scan the car to determine its size and weight, then programs itself to gently pick it up like a forklift and, thanks to its considerable array of sensors and radar guidance, takes it away to be safely stored, and in such a manner that there is no waiting time involved to go looking for it once the return flight arrives.

On the other hand, if for any reason the passenger doesn’t really want to access their car, they can transmit a message to “Ray” to tell him exactly when they want to be picked up.

Whilst having “Ray” on the team makes life so much easier for the business traveller, according to reports from Düsseldorf Airport it is making life so much easier for them to. Because of the Ray the robot’s ability to be both flexible and agile, it needs only three meter wide lanes to negotiate the car park instead of the usual six meters required by human car park attendants, which, according to the company that developed the Robot Ray parking system will increase available parking space by up to sixty percent.

Understandably, there is considerable interest among other airports across the world, with its manufacturers pointing out that the system can be readily integrated into any existing parking station. Whilst “ Ray” is fully operational at Düsseldorf Airport, it is still being evaluated with customer feedback being collected assess levels of customer satisfaction as well as eliminate any bugs.

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