New robotic valet set to park cars at German airport

Lufthansa airplanes park at the terminals at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany. (File) (Patrik Stollarz, Getty Images)
Lufthansa airplanes park at the terminals at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany. (File) (Patrik Stollarz, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/23 11:17 am

BERLIN (AP) — Have a plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for a parking spot? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet.

An airport spokesman said the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a smartphone app.

Officials said all travelers need to do is leave their car in a designated area and confirm it's empty and ready to go. Then Ray or one of its cybernetic colleagues will take the car to one of 249 parking spaces reserved for robots.

The spokesman said the forklift-like machine can carry any standard car weighing up to 3 metric tons and is fully insured.

The service, costing €29 ($39.43) a day, targets busy business travelers but is open to anyone.

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