VINCI Airports has extended its collaboration with Stanley Robotics for valet parking robots at France’s Lyon-Saint Exupéry P5+ car park.

Under the agreement, the parking service will be extended to 2,000 parking spaces from the 500 that were offered before.

Following a successful trial, the robotic parking service was first introduced at the airport last March in order to better manage vehicle flow.

The parking space will be served simultaneously by seven autonomous robots named Stan. There will be 28 cabins available for dropping off and picking up vehicles.

The new automated parking service can be used by passengers that book a parking slot for their vehicle before arriving at the airport.

Passengers can then leave their vehicle in the dedicated cabins, from where the robot will take the vehicle to the car park. Once they return, passengers can pick up their vehicle from the cabins.

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The system offers benefits such as safety, simplicity and time-saving. In addition to modernising vehicle management in a car park, the robots create 50% more spaces over the same surface area by operating several queues at once.

The valet parking robot also helps in cutting CO2 emissions as they remove passenger vehicle traffic in the car park, while the robot itself operates on an electric engine.

Stanley Robotics claims that around 100t of CO2 emissions can be avoided in a one-year period for 2,000 parking spaces with the use of the robots.

Lyon Airport CEO Tanguy Bertolus said: “The robot valet service provided by Stanley Robotics and developed in Lyon meets the strategic objectives of Lyon Airport, namely to enhance customer experience and reduce the environmental impact of the airport’s activities.

“This project is one of the factors behind the outstanding results obtained in these two areas by Lyon Airport, which in 2019 was named Europe’s best airport in the 10 to 25 million passenger category by Airports Council International (ACI) and certified carbon neutral for its activities (ACA level 3+).”

Last year, Gatwick Airport also signed a framework contract with Stanley Robotics to test robots that valet park passengers’ cars.