You must have already seen a parking space in which your car did not fit. At least not so that you could get out of it. Or had an argument with neighbours because of parking in your building. Autonomous car technology would have saved you from both nuisances, as the Summon feature in Tesla cars allows us to foresee even now. But the fact is that it is not necessary to own a Tesla or a BMW 7 Series to have your car parked for you. Yee Fung, a Chinese technology company, has recently presented the Geta, a parking robot that looks like a moving pallet.
In case you think it is just a CGI vaporware character, as the Silex Chreos, the video below will correct that impression.
The Geta (get a car) robot already exists. It costs 1 million yuans (or about US$ 150,000) each and requires a whole structure to be installed in order to work. The cars have to be parked in a suspended platforms that can hold even automobiles with very short wheelbases, such as a smart fortwo.
There are no trails to guide the Geta. It runs with the help of laser sensors and a computer that has the whole environment mapped. This is how it gets the information on free spots. Since there is no need to open doors, the cars can be parked in very tight spaces. There is no risk of small dents or even of crashes, according to Yee Fung. We do not have the details on how it is charged or for how long it will work with a single charge.