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The first service in the world for valet robots in an outdoor car park

15 March 2019

After a further successful phase of the experiment, the first outdoor car park entirely managed by robots is deployed on the P5+ car park at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport.

For the first time in the world, Stanley Robotics' outdoor automated robotic valet system, developed in partnership with Aéroports de Lyon, was presented in operation on Thursday, March 14, and will be offered on a large scale to airport passengers in the coming weeks: 500 spaces will soon be available in car park P5+ at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, with four autonomous robots operating simultaneously and 12 cabins to accommodate and return vehicles. 

This innovative system is perfectly in line with VINCI Airports' and Aéroports de Lyon’s innovation strategy: better managing flows and improving the experience for passengers, whilst controlling environmental impacts. 

The genesis of the project began in July 2017, with the announcement of the partnership between Stanley Robotics and Aéroports de Lyon/VINCI Airports to deploy robotic valet technology at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport and meet the growing need for parking spaces. At the beginning of 2018, the service was created on the Airport's P5+ car park and these first months of validated testing enabled a new phase of the trial to be reached by the end of March 2019, with the expansion of the system to 500 spaces. The objective is naturally to continue the development and further increase the capacity of this innovative car park. At the end stage, this system could represent up to 2,000 additional spaces and extend to more than 6,000 spaces in total. 

A seamless passenger experience 

With this new automated parking system, no more time is wasted searching for an available space or looking for your vehicle. After booking a parking space on the Lyon Airport website with a few clicks, the passenger can drop their vehicle in a dedicated cabin, then reach the terminals via the shuttle located in the immediate vicinity. The valet robot then picks up 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. 

There are multiple advantages: security, simplicity and time saving, with the online reservation of a parking space, pick-up/drop-off of the vehicle at a single point. Thanks to this new technology, parking becomes a pleasant experience that only takes a few minutes for passengers, who can travel with peace of mind! 

Much more than a valet assistant, the system not only revolutionises vehicle management in a car park and facilitates the overall passenger experience, but also makes it possible to save real space thanks to efficient block parking. 

Limiting greenfield development and reducing emissions: a sustainable innovation 

Aéroports de Lyon has experienced a significant increase in traffic for several years. To control the environmental impact of this development, the company has taken strong measures, notably by deploying VINCI Airports' AirPact programme and obtaining two major certifications: ACA 3+ carbon neutrality (Airport Carbon Accreditation) and exemplary energy management (ISO 50001). 

The robotic valet project developed with Stanley Robotics is part of this sustainable vision: 

• It reduces the footprint by eventually creating 50 percent more spaces in the same surface area through increased parking density and block parking. The integrity of the surrounding soils is thus preserved. 

• It limits CO2 emissions by eliminating passenger vehicle traffic on parking lots. The robots operate with an electric motor that does not emit CO2. 

The system will also be trialled at Gatwick in August.

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