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Fleet of Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport


The Stan robot parks a vehicle.

Travelers arriving at Gatwick Airport in the U.K. by car will be greeted by robot valets that can park their cars.

Credit: Stanley Robotics

Gatwick Airport in the U.K. is working with Stanley Robotics to test a fleet of robot valets to park cars for arriving travelers.

The system could increase the amount of parking space available at the airport, because robotically parked cars do not need space for drivers to get in and out.

Stanley Robotics previously rolled out the robots, called "Stan," at Lyon Airport in France.

When a Stan robot detects a vehicle, it slides under the vehicle, lifts it gently by the wheels, and moves it to a storage area. The robot also logs the traveler's itinerary details so the vehicle will be ready for pickup when they return.

Gatwick Airport officials hope 8,500 robot-parked cars will fit into the current 6,000 self-park spots.

From London Daily Express (U.K.)
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