The Washington Post looks at Ray, a robot located at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany. It is capable of picking up a car left in a transfer station and park it on behalf of the driver, and returning it exactly when needed. The goal of the project is to get "business travelers in and out of an airport as quickly and easily as possible."
The electric-powered Rays travel at speeds up to 6 mph. Each Ray drives autonomously, guided by laser navigation and mapping software. The Ray knows its exact location thanks to its lasers that bounce off reflectors positioned throughout the garage.
The company behind the technology, Serva Transport Systems, integrates flight and baggage claim data from the airport into its software, so that a Ray will know to have your car waiting at the garage exit by the time you arrive. If your flight is delayed, it will be aware and wait to deliver your car. And it asks if you’ll be checking a bag, so it knows whether to wait to pull your car until after baggage has been delivered to those on your flight.
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