düsseldorf airport receives RAY robotic parking system by serva
trying to catch a flight on time becomes an issue when you end up circling the supposed ‘park and go’ garage, trying to find vacancy. but passengers at düsseldorf airport in germany no longer need to stress over this, thanks to the installation of ‘RAY’. the robotic transport system scans your vehicle’s size, detects obstacles it may face on its way, and then adjusts its forklift style method to gently lift and carry your car over to the space saving spot that has been assigned according to measurements it has taken of your car. what makes ‘RAY’ even smarter, is that it connects to the flight database, so it knows when you will be returning from your trip and picking up your automobile. you even have the option of telling it that you will need to retrieve your baggage first and will require a few more minutes; and if your travel plans change, you can easily relay your updated info to ‘RAY’ through a linked app.
designed by bavarian start-up company serva, ‘RAY’ been conceived to be flexible and agile – it can turn on the spot and park sideways – making it easy to install into any existing parking station. rather than needing a typical 6 meter lane, the system requires only 3 meters to manoeuvre, as it eliminates the space necessary for opening your doors and comfortably entering and exiting your automobile.
a forklift-like machine gently lifts and transfers your car to its designated parking space
in addition, ‘RAY’ seeks to defy the often under-lit garages through its parking portals which are are open and outfitted with smooth lighting that is easy to understand, and provides guidance as to the location of your vehicle.
each parking portal is well lit
level P3 of the parking structure at düsseldorf airport has been cited for the pilot project with 249 spaces outfitted with the robots, and at the end of 2014, management will determine whether or not to expand the network. for this particular installation, serva has collaborated with munich-based design agency lumod, who is well-versed in working with heavy machinery and measurement tools to assist in making it easy for users to want to hand over one of their most expensive possessions at first sight.
rendering of the ‘RAY’ robotic parking system
image courtesy of lumod
the system can easily turn and park your car sideways
image courtesy of lumod