Autonomous Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport
by Traveleads | January 25, 2019 | Latest News On The Ground
Introducing Stan: the robot valet who is comfortable driving a large variety of vehicles, can manoeuvre seamlessly into tight parking spaces, react quickly to obstacles and who you can ensure will drive responsibly and safely.
Gatwick plan to trial the fully-electrical robots for a three month period planned for August this year in a bid to optimise maximum car parking space. The key ideology lies behind the fact that due to there being no need for the driver’s door to open; they can be parked more tightly together.
In theory it could make the parking experience quicker, less stressful, more secure, and more efficient for Gatwick, which could squeeze vehicles into smaller spaces and increase car park capacity by up to 50 per cent.
Fundamentally travellers in the trial from August will drop they car off at a dedicated zone and call for a droid booked from an app on a touch screen.
How it all works:
Travellers drive their car into a garage space where they can take out their bags (including their car keys). A kiosk then allows them to scan their boarding pass to confirm the parking and match the car to their flight details. The box then automatically secures the car inside as the passenger is shuttled to the airport.
Next, the robot arrives. It opens the garage door and slides a long arm underneath the car to lift it by the tyres and take it to be parked in a private car park.
Since the service knows your flight information, your car should be waiting for you in a box when you return.
Stanley Robotics opened the first outdoor car park managed by robots at the start of 2018 at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport. Stéphane Evanno, Stanley Robotics COO, has said that there were teething issues as passengers were confused about how the system worked, but that 95 per cent of users were now happy with their experience.
Gatwick’s trial will take place in part of the South Terminal’s long-stay car park, where lamp posts and 170 spaces will be removed to make way for 270 spots, and a robot-friendly surface laid.