The robot garage

  @FortuneMagazine April 5, 2013: 2:09 PM ET
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Robots these days can stack boxes in warehouses, weld seams in a Corvette, and even vacuum your rugs. Now a New Jersey startup called Boomerang has a new twist on this technology -- robots that can park your car. Here's how it works:

As you pull into a parking bay, you stop your car atop a large steel tray. Next, punch your code into a panel, and the Boomerang system knows who you are and if applicable, can charge your account with any parking fees. At that point a battery-powered robot, about as big as a king-size mattress, but much thinner, slides under the tray and lifts the vehicle two inches above the floor.

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