In Germany, high tech has come to airport parking.
Last week, Düsseldorf airport (DUS) introduced robot valets to take the hassle out of parking for travelers.
Travelers can leave their cars at the arrival level of the ParkingPLUS structure. As they leave, they confirm on a touch-screen that no one is in the car. The robot valet, nicknamed “Ray,” takes it from there.
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The robot valet is even connected to the airport’s flight data system, and by checking customer trip data with the database, Ray knows when the customer will return for the vehicle. A traveler can note any itinerary changes in a parking app, which is available for iOS and Android.
The introductory rate for robot valet parking at Düsseldorf is 29 euros ($39.59) per day or 4 euros ($5.46) per hour. Although the airport is targeting business travelers in a hurry, the service is open to anyone.
If airport customers use the robot valet, airport officials said they would consider expanding the system.