Automated robotic parking launched at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

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Developed in partnership with Aéroports de Lyon, Stanley Robotics has completed the full deployment of its autonomous robotic valet system in the P5+ outdoor parking lot at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France.

The setup includes four autonomous robots and 12 cabins for vehicle drop-off and collection. As the vehicles are deposited within a few centimeters of one another, the innovative system will enable more than 500 vehicles to be parked in P5+, a potential space saving of up to 50%.

Lyon Airport began trialling the autonomous parking system last year before deciding to scale up operations and now making the service available to the public.

Aéroports de Lyon plans to continue the development and further increase the capacity of the parking lot to eventually reach 6000 spaces in total.

To use the service, passengers simply book a parking space on the Lyon Airport website and drop-off their vehicle in the allocated cabin. They then reach the terminals via the shuttle located in the immediate vicinity. The valet robot collects the car and parks it in the secure parking lot. Upon returning from a trip the passenger recovers their available vehicle in one of the cabins.

Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of Vinci Concessions and chairman of Vinci Airports, the airport owner, said, “In an increasingly open world, mobility is increasing. For us, this represents a daily challenge: to serve more and more passengers without compromising on the quality of their experience and with a sense of sustainability.

“To solve this equation, we use the potential of new technologies to improve fluidity and quality across our network. With this new initiative, we are confirming our commitment to continue shaping the mobility of the future.”

Tanguy Bertolus, CEO of Aéroports de Lyon, said, “Thanks to our innovative approach, Aéroports de Lyon has always been one step ahead in terms of customer experience and service quality. In 2018, Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport thus became the leading French airport in terms of customer satisfaction (European ASQ survey). The experimentation of the valet robot is completely in line with this logic of innovation to meet the continuous improvement requirements of Aéroports de Lyon and Vinci Airports.”

Clément Boussard, CEO of Stanley Robotics, said, “We are proud to be leading this operation with Aéroports de Lyon, and to be able to present to the world, for the first time, the operation of Stanley Robotics’ outdoor valet robot service. We have designed the service to be the simplest and most enjoyable experience for the users.”

To watch a video of the autonomous parking solution in action, click here.

Stanley Robotics will be exhibiting at Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London. Click here to see just some of the new products on show. Meanwhile Christophe Girard, head of customer relationships, Aéroports de Lyon, will present ‘Lyon Airport robotic parking: one year of operational experience’ at the Passenger Terminal Conference. Register here for your delegate pass.

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