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It seems that a long awaited era of robots in everyday life of people and establishments has already begun. In March, a division of autonomous robots started their work at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport – they serve as parking valets, transporting passenger cars in the airport’s car parking.

The autonomous system works like this – a passenger comes to an airport with a private car, parks it in a bright and spacious boxdesigned for the entrance of the parking lot to ease your arrival. Drop off your car, take out your bags with ease and keep your keys on you.

The terminal allows you to verify the information of your flight and confirm the parking in just a few clicks. Once confirmed, the box secures your car while waiting for the robot to take over. Next, the valet robot comes to take your car. It slides underneath and uses its arms to delicately lift the car by the tires to park it for you.

“Kurbads” company has a warehouse for 2500 cars, with around 1000 cars in stock, and each of the cars has to be easily accessible for an immediate transport. Could such robots improve warehouse system in “Kurbads”? We asked our logistics specialist Uldis Čalpa.

“In theory, this is a very good solution, also to our warehouse, the amount of space is very limited and robots can utilize it more effectively. But first, we need to evaluate robot’s capabilities in weather we usually experience in Latvia – snow, ice, strong rains. A concept is very good, in the ideal world it would work like this – during the night, a robot delivers all the cars needed for transport to a specific car carrier and aligns them in correct order. When a driver comes to the work in the morning, he just needs to load and secure the cars. The same applies to unloading, the driver unloads the car and leaves them in the unloading zone where a robot comes and transports them to a designated spot in the parking lot.”

“Due to the high costs, a robot like this costs around 200 000 EUR, we won’t have it in a near future, but we will keep monitoring this system.”

An intelligent management software coordinates all of the robots at the Lyon airport. The existing parking infrastructure needs little modification. Once deployed, our robots are totally autonomous. Connected to the parking reservation service, they manage the arrivals and departures of customer cars without need for human assistance.

The robot is able to control all types of cars, at a maximum length of 6 m, and can easily handle a 3 ton load.  Stanley moves autonomously and adapts to different obstacles it might meet in its way. These different sensors allow it to scan its environment at any moment and adjust its movements. The robot benefits from the latest technological advances of autonomous vehicles and a team which is very well versed in this technology. This is the first valet robot in the world capable of moving vehicles outdoors.

Stanley robots are 100% electric and they considerably reduce the ecological impact of a parking lot. Cars are moved by robots, eliminating polluting emissions in the parking lot!