At the Düsseldorf airport they have a new assitant: Ray the car parking robot. Looking at the video it seems that there are multiple Rays for the job. The service itself is called PremiumPLUS parking.
The idea is for passengers (who may be in a hurry) to leave their cars in a designated place where the robots are meant to pick them up. Ray then uses sensors and a laser scanner to photograph and measure the car so it can safely pick it up and park it in one of the 249 designated parking spaces.
On a touch screen located closeby passengers have to confirm that there is nobody left in the car and enter the details of their return flight. That way Ray can monitor flight schedules and calculate when a car should be retrieved for it to be picked up. In case a passenger changes flights or general itinerary, Ray can be notified using an app. In case you need it, you can download the app for iOS and Android. There doesn’t appear to be a Windows Phone version yet.
Of course, very few things in this life are free. The same goes for PremiumPLUS parking. Leaving your car in the Düsseldorf airport car park already costs at least €24.50/$33 per day. Making use of PremiumPLUS adds an extra €4/$6 per day to that amount. Of course, you get something in return. The new parking is very near to the terminals, so you don’t have to walk far. The car is waiting for you when you walk out of the airport, parked facing the right direction. And all the while your car is parked it is insured.
The following videos explaining PremiumPLUS parking are in German. If you don’t speak German, looking at them will be enough to give you the general idea 🙂
As always, enjoy your trip … and parking!