AUDI CALLS IN ROBOT RAY

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Re­porter.

AUDI is testing park­ing ro­bots at its fac­tory in In­gol­stadt. Called Ray Ro­bots, the low slung crab-like ro­bots can move cars from the pro­duc­tion line to a tem­po­rary stor­age area and sort the cars based on their ship­ping des­ti­na­tions.

This en­ables plant work­ers to load them onto rail­way wag­ons with a min­i­mum of fuss. The com­pany is look­ing at other po­ten­tial ap­pli­ca­tions for the ro­bots, too.

“The au­ton­o­mous trans­port of our au­to­mo­biles could al­low us to elim­i­nate long walk­ing dis­tances for our em­ploy­ees and to im­prove the er­gonomics of their work,” said board of man­age­ment mem­ber for pro­duc­tion Pro­fes­sor Hu­bert Waltl. “Sys­tems like this also have the po­ten­tial to in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of our pro­cesses sig­nif­i­cantly.”

The Ray Ro­bots are pro­duced by Serva Trans­port Sys­tems and are al­ready de­ployed at Düs­sel­dorf Air­port in Ger­many as an au­to­mated concierge ser­vice.

The ver­sions in use at Audi have a frame mea­sur­ing six by three me­tres, and sen­sors that de­ter­mine the po­si­tion and di­men­sions of a car. The car is then lifted by its wheels to a height of 10 cm and moved to a stor­age space al­lo­cated by the sys­tem’s con­trol soft­ware.

The ro­bots can even move long cars that mea­sure up to 5,3 me­tres in length.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Don’t have a self-driv­ing car? No prob­lem, Audi’s Ray Robot prom­ises to park your car and re­trieve it.

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