You must remember R2D2 from Star Wars. When the film was first released, everybody wanted a tiny robot which does most of your chores. Well, great news! There is something similar, but unlike R2D2 this will not unlock high security doors for you, but will safely park your car. French startup Stanley Robotics has developed a robot that is capable of parking a car all on its own.
Car parks tend to have a lot of wasted space in them. You can't double park, there has to be space between for shuffling, you have to calculate how long would you take to leave your car and run to the airport. This is where comes in Stan.
You could leave your car with Stan. It will carry it to a parking spot. If you're leaving your car at the airport, Stan will safely stash it and the system will know your time of arrival and the robot will bring your car before you land.
If you're leaving your car for many days, Stan will be able to park it in a corner and park others in front of it too, hence making space and saving time.
The driver does not need to leave the keys behind, as Stan clamps the wheels of the car, lifts it and carries it to the parking space and puts it down.
It may sound like a concept on paper, but Stan is actually employed already at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. The development of it has taken years and now an airport's car park is managed by these bots.
Watch Stan in action here:
The start up believes that car parks are a lucrative part of airport management, and hence airport authorities will be willing to invest into something that makes parking easier. Stanley Robotic hopes to sign contracts with other airports around the world.
That's about the airport authorities or maybe parking assistance outside a mall, but come to think of it, if Stan catches on people will never have to worry about parking again. Just leave your car at the door and find right there when you come back. In the meanwhile, the robot will take it on its own and bring it back in time. The robot is not going to be driving it, hence you don't have to worry about leaving your Ferrari's keys with a teenager working part-time who would go too happy with the throttle.