German car manufacturer Audi is piloting the use of autonomous parking robots in its plant in Ingolstadt. The so-called 'Ray' robots help move spare cars out of the way in the plant until they're needed, and do so without getting in anyone's way.
The robots are part of a pilot project that begin in February. The project involves using the robots to independently and autonomously move cars from the factory's production area to a temporary storage location. The robots can also sort cars into order based on their shipping destinations, enabling plant workers to load them onto railway wagons with minimal inconvenience.
These autonomous parking robots are the kind of thing that will likely become commonplace in industrial settings in the coming years, as more and more companies look to embrace intelligent factory processes.