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Robot could end parallel parking dread

Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 01:20

A laser-guided smart robot is being developed in China that parks a car in under two minutes, squeezing into even the smallest and most awkward spaces with no need for a driver. Amy Pollock reports.

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Trying to squeeze into near impossible parking spaces could become a thing of the past for Chinese drivers. The Geta smart parking robot takes just two minutes to navigate the tightest spots, according to developer Yeefung Technology. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CEO OF YEEFUNG AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, MARCO WU, SAYING: "The robot can go everywhere without tracks, which is free and versatile and will reform parking in the future." The machine picks up the vehicle from underneath and positions it precisely, using up to 40 percent less space than parking manually. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CEO OF YEEFUNG AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, MARCO WU, SAYING: "It sees using laser navigation, scanning a reflected signal to pinpoint its location...The signal is then transmitted to a computer containing a map which then tells the robot where to go." With China predicted to have around 170 million cars by 2017, demand for the parking automaton should be high. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CEO OF YEEFUNG AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, MARCO WU, SAYING: "There are many companies interested, such as commercial property companies in Singapore and London, public parking companies in the Middle East, and developers, governments, as well as public parking companies in China." Smart parking comes at a price. The Geta robot is available for purchase at around 150,000 US dollars.

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Robot could end parallel parking dread

Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 01:20