No more parking lines in airports
It seems, in the not too distant future, people will forget the task of parking their vehicles and will leave this work in the hands of robots. Stanley Robotics, which has carried out tests with autonomous valet robots in some airports in Europe, and now has made this service available to the general public in France.
The Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport has enabled an area where Stanley Robotics can park your car and deliver it on your return. Upon arrival at the airport, the driver will leave his vehicle in a kind of garage to later scan his boarding pass. The robot Stan will pick up the vehicle and take it to one of the 500 available parking spaces.
Stan acts like a valet and facilitates things for the driver, since on his return he will not have to look for his car in the whole complex. It will be enough to get to the same place where you left it and pick up the car. Stanley Robotics takes the data from your travel itinerary to ensure that the vehicle will be available as soon as you arrive to pick it up.
According to its creators, Stan is more efficient than a human at the time of parking cars. The autonomous robots are able to optimize the space by 50% and thus be able to park more vehicles in the designated area. Stan has a platform that lifts the cars and moves them from the garage to the parking area.
This valet robot has the same technology as autonomous cars and is capable of scanning the environment and reacting to obstacles. The manufacturer revealed that in a first phase, Stan will be supervised by human beings in order to solve the problems that may arise. Later it will be monitored remotely.
The price for using the service for a week is 54 euros. The manufacturer said it will carry out a second test at Gatwick Airport, London.