Robot vouchers can get cars at this London airport soon


Later this year, the airport will test an autonomous robot sliding a large, thin bed under the vehicles and standing in points in the batch.

The airport plans to experiment with this robot parking system in one of its long sections for three months, according to an application submitted at Crawley Borough Council in December. The hope is that the stand-alone system will allow the airport to pack a lot more cars in the same space.

Gatwick Airport is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom after London Heathrow Airport. About 46.1 million travelers passed the airport in 2018.

The application said it would use robots from a company based in Paris, called Stanley Robotics. According to his website, Stanley Robotics had previously tested its parking robot, Stan, in France at Charles De Gaulle Airport and Lyon Airport.
Stanley Robotics & # 39; the robot valet can get a car and move it to a parking spot.

Neither Gatwick Airport nor Stanley Robotics returned requests for comments.

Gatwick Airport plans to cut 170 of the 2,350 parking spaces today to a very large extent to create 270 robot cruisers for the test – effectively adding 100 points according to the application. Passengers will drive their cars to one of the eight numbered cabins, confirm their booking on a touch screen and take the keys with them as they leave. Then a robot will take the car to a point in a safe place.

The service will have access to the flight details of the users. in this way, a robot can also bring the car back to a cabin so he will wait for the person when he returns.

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The airport plans to start building the parking robot parking experiment in April and complete it by August.

The manufacturing process underlines the kinds of changes that need to be made so that the parking space does not climb on the robots. This includes repairing cracks and "any defects that could affect the operation of parking robots," as well as getting rid of light stations and "any other obstructions" in this area of ​​the batch, the application said.

In May 2018, the airport briefly referred to the robot valet as one of the many "emerging projects" in the annual investment plan.

The airport also noted that if the test goes well, it can eventually expand its autonomous valet service to two other parking areas where it could pack 8,500 robot cars currently in the 6,000 cars.