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Charles de Gaulle Airport Gets Robot Valet Parking

“Stan” now parks cars at the Paris airport.
June 2, 2017

​PARIS – Finding parking at a busy international airport can be difficult, especially if you’re running late for a flight. While many airports have valet services, Charles de Gaulle Airport now offers valet parking a la Stan, a robot, Springwise.com reports.

French startup Stanley Robotics developed the automated parking valet, which recently debuted at the airport. Passengers wanting to use the service drop off their vehicles at the Stanley Robotics’ dedicated parking terminal. Drivers lock their car and take their keys with them, entering their information and flight details at a kiosk. Stan then collects the car with a lift, clamping the wheels and lifting the entire vehicle to transport it to a parking space. The car is returned to a pickup area ahead of the traveler’s return flight.

The valet robots give airports more efficiency in parking because they can safely park cars closer together in existing parking garages. Stanley Robotics designed the robots to be all electric.

Stanley Robotics recently raised $4 million in the hopes that the new capital will allow the company to expand beyond Charles de Gaulle to other airports around the world. Robots are becoming more integrated into everyday life. Already, Sally the robot makes salads, and a San Francisco café has a robot barista