Robots May Not (Yet) Be Taking Over the World…
But they are taking over this airport parking lot.
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Stanley Robotics wants to make sure you never lose your car in an airport parking lot again. (You know you’ve done this at least once or twice. It’s not just me.)
As of last week, their self-driving robot valets are officially on duty at France’s Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport, where customers can now drop off their cars in designated hangars, and as this piece in The Verge explains, the robots take it from there.
Not only do these autonomous robots park customers’ cars for them – watch the above video to see how it’s done – but they’re honestly better at it, parking 50 percent more cars than their non-robotic counterparts in the same space.
“This is thanks in part to the robots’ precision driving,” The Verge article explains, “but also because the system keeps track of when customers will return.” Trapping a vehicle behind three others doesn’t matter, of course, when no one will be claiming it for a week.
Speaking to Airport Technology a few years back, co-founder and COO Stéphane Evanno explained a little about how it all works. “[The robot uses] the same technology as self-driving cars; [it’s] able to scan its environment at any time and react to anything that would be in the way.”
While this is certainly good news for pedestrians, it’s also pretty good news for your vehicle. This technology, which uses sensors and software to safely navigate its surroundings, also enables the robot to adjust the dimensions of its ramp before whisking your car away to its designated spot with the help of a military-grade GPS system.
You can still park your own vehicle if you prefer – there are currently only four robots covering 500 spaces – but you may change your mind when you see the price: $63 versus $114 for a human valet.
And you'll never have to worry about a robot taking your car for a joyride.
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