Germans are renowned for being über-efficient, so it's no surprise that they've figured out an über-efficient way to park cars -- using robots! And lasers!
This week, Dusseldorf Airport rolled out a new automated valet parking service that not only finds your car a space, but parks said vehicle in it. All while you make haste to the airport bar.
After scheduling the valet service via smartphone (it runs about $39 a day), travelers simply park their locked cars in one of the airport's allocated "futuristic transfer boxes
". The aforementioned lasers then detect the vehicles' dimensions -- taking into account the placement of the mirrors, wheels, and bumpers
-- before turning over the actual parking to a valet robot named Ray who will never, ever ask for a tip. Although it still wouldn't hurt to say thank you.