Lyon Airports has signed a strategic partnership with Stanley Robotics to deploy robotic valet technology in large outdoor car parks at France's Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is managed by Vinci Airports, which manages a wide network of airports worldwide.
The technology will enable the airport to accommodate 50% more vehicles in its car park area.
The robots will be used to safely park the vehicles close to each other without needing additional space.
Passengers will be able to leave their vehicles in a spacious area at the entrance to the airport's car park zone.
On their return, customers will find their car waiting for them in the same place, ready to be driven off.
As part of an experimental phase, the latest outdoor robotic valets will be deployed gradually at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, starting from September.
The robots will operate in the long-stay P5 car park area, and will serve both airport staff and the general public.
Last year, a total of 9.5 million passengers travelled to and from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, marking a significant rise of 9.8% compared to 2015.
Image: The robots can park the vehicles close to each other without any risk of damage. Photo: courtesy of VINCI Concessions.