Robot valet service extended

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Following a year-long trial involving 500 spaces, the outdoor robotic parking service developed by Stanley Robotics and Vinci Airports at Lyon Airport has entered a new deployment phase.

Under the terms of an agreement signed by the two partners, the parking lot will expand to 2,000 spaces in summer 2020. The service will be run by seven autonomous robots working simultaneously, with 28 cabins available for dropping off and picking up vehicles.

After booking their parking space on the Lyon Airport website, passengers drop off their vehicle in dedicated cabins and make their way to the terminals using the shuttle bus located just a few steps away. The robot takes care of the car, parking it in the secure car park. When they return, passengers pick up their vehicle, which is waiting for them in one of the cabins.

The robot valet service is in line with Vinci Airports’ sustainable development approach: reducing land use by making it possible to increase the number of spaces by 50% within the same surface area; cutting CO2 emissions by eliminating the need for passengers to drive around looking for a free space; and using electrically powered robots. According to the partners, over a one-year period involving 2,000 parking spaces, an estimated 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided.

The partnership between Stanley Robotics and Vinci Airports, which began in 2017, ultimately aims to offer over 6,000 parking spaces.

 

Vinci Airport’s France and Americas area director, Valérie Vesque-Jeancard, will give a presentation titled Lyon Airport – VINCI Airport’s center of excellence for customer experience at this year’s Passenger Terminal CONFERENCE. The full conference program can be found here

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Tara has worked for UKi Media & Events since 2013, initially as a freelancer. She has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a range of publications, including Personnel Today, Management Today and The Grocer.

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