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Smart actuators help robot valets optimise high-volume automobile parking

04 October 2023

Manual auto parking results in inefficient space, labour utilisation and burning of fuel, as well as a risk of injury for attendants. Now, France-based Stanley Robotics is on a mission to change that, by optimising high-volume automobile storage and retrieval with the help of smart actuators.

Before a newly manufactured car is delivered to a dealership, it typically joins thousands of others in a large storage lot, where it can sit for days or even months. Managing these lots requires many manual, time-intensive tasks: attendants must start each car, park it safely in a designated area, keep track of its location, and be able to access it easily for distribution when needed. 

Stanley Robotics, a provider of automobile storage logistics robots, tackles these issues by offering a self-guided, vehicle-carrying platform that finds a car, lifts it, moves it gently, and parks it in an allocated space. When the robot arrives at the car, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors detect its position, the position of the wheels, and the distance between them. Once the car is aligned on the platform, Thomson Industries’ electric linear actuators secure the vehicle on the platform and lift it.

Read the full article in DPA's October issue

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