Germany’s Düsseldorf Airport may be small but that hasn’t stopped the airport from going high-tech by introducing the world’s first fully robotic valet parking system to speed up and ease the parking process for travelers.
PremiumPLUS utilizes robotic forklift-like systems, nicknamed “Ray”, to pick up and park a traveler’s car in one of 249 parking spots. All the driver needs to do is pull into a designated pickup spot, confirm that no one is left in the car, and then let “Ray” do the heavy lifting.
The entire system can be tied into the traveler’s itinerary to know when their return flight will be arriving so that it can prepare their vehicle to be ready when they show up at the parking garage.
Düsseldorf Airport’s PremiumPLUS is available for anyone, although it was designed for the business traveler. “Our product is especially appealing to business travelers, who arrive at the airport shortly before the flight, seek efficient parking, and return within a few days,” said Thomas Schnalke, managing director for the airport.
The day rate for PremiumPLUS is not much more expensive than the other parking options at the airport with a day rate of 29 euros ($39.59). There is also a 4 euros ($5.46) per hour option available up to five hours.