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