Lyon Airports and Stanley Robotics have formed a strategic partnership to deploy robotic valet technology in large outdoor car parks. An experimental phase will launch next September. For the startup Stanley Robotics (stanley-robotics.com), this comes just a few weeks after announcing it raised 3.6 million euro investment.
Outdoor robotic valets: a world first in Lyon!
For the first time in the world, robots will park vehicles outdoors. For Lyon Airports, it is about offering Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport customers a simplified and totally different parking experience, while responding to the high rise in passenger traffic (9.5 million in 2016, up 9.8% compared to 2015). With this innovative technology, the car park will be able to accommodate 50% more vehicles. The robots can park vehicles close together without risk of damage, which means there is no need for more space. The result: a zero-emission car park that protects the surrounding land. Part of the push for innovation at Lyon Airports, this project will be deployed gradually from September 2017 in the long-stay P5car park for Lyon Airports staff and the general public.
Less walking and time saved for passengers!
This new service will be a revolution for passengers. Automated parking means there is no need to track down a free space or walk all the way through the car park. Passengers will be able to quickly drop off their car in a spacious dedicated area, right at the entrance to the car park. On their return journey the car will be waiting for them in the same place, ready to drive away. This makes the car park a fluid and pleasant experience, saving time for the things that really matter.
“This is an important step for Stanley Robotics. After our first project in an indoor car park, we are proud to have the opportunity to work with Lyon Airports to launch the world’s first outdoor robotic valets.” - Clément Boussard, CEO and founder of Stanley Robotics.
“We are happy to help Lyon Airports significantly increase their car park capacity, but even more to have found in them a partner that, from the moment they showed interest in our solution, could see the opportunity to revolutionize the experience for their passengers. And that is at the heart of our efforts to make car parks almost invisible to people” - Stéphane Evanno, COO and founder of Stanley Robotics.
“Finding out-of-the-box solutions and testing new technologies to solve specific problems is part of our DNA at Lyon Airports. The partnership between Lyon Airports and Stanley Robotics should help us respond to the priorities that come with developing our airport: improving the quality of passenger services, optimizing what we already have and protecting the environment” - Philippe Bernand, CEO at Lyon Airports.
About Stanley Robotics
Stanley Robotics is a venture-backed company that was created in January 2015, and is headquartered in Paris, France. It is developing an automated valet parking service with robots that can move any vehicle and increase capacity in existing car parks by up to 50%, while revolutionizing the user experience.
The three founders, Clément Boussard (CEO), Aurélien Cord (CTO) and Stéphane Evanno (COO), all have previous experience in driverless technology (at top research institutes and with a world-class industrial corporation).