Parking robot at Düsseldorf Airport
Ray is a parking robot designed to take the hassle out of finding a parking space for incoming and outgoing passengers at Düsseldorf Airport in Germany.
Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) has introduced a parking robot called 'Ray' that drops off and picks up vehicles for incoming and arriving passengers at the airport terminal. This allows passengers to save time and avoid the potential hassle of trying to find a parking spot. Passengers can reserve an individual parking spot before the trip via an online booking system and download the app (available for OS and Android) when using the system for the first time.
On-site, customers drive to the arrival level and the special parking area at car park P3 and leave their car in one of the six transfer boxes. Prior to leaving the garage on the way to the nearby terminal, the driver uses a touch-screen to confirm no passengers are left in the car, indicate when they want to pick the car up, and whether they are travelling with carry-on or checked luggage. The subsequent parking is done by Ray, which measures the vehicle and gently parks it in a rear part of the building.
Ray is connected to the airport's flight data system, and by matching the stored return trip data with the airport's current database, Ray knows when the customer will come for the vehicle. The vehicle is then deposited in one of the transfer boxes on time. If an itinerary changes, the traveler can communicate the changes to the system via the app.
The system is produced by serva tansport in the Bavarian town of Grabenstätt and employed by SITA Airport IT GmbH, a joint venture of Düsseldorf Airport and SITA, a worldwide provider of air transportation industry ICT.
- Edited by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering robotics stories.
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