in Aerospace

Gatwick to be first UK airport with valet parking robots

Posted 27 March 2019 · Add Comment

Gatwick has signed a framework contract with Stanley Robotics, making it the first UK airport to trial robots that valet park passengers’ cars.



Above:
(left to right) Stephane Evanno, COO, Stanley Robotics and Guy Stephenson, CCO, Gatwick Airport, signing framework contract for valet parking robots.
Courtesy Gatwick Airport


The trial will run from the second half of 2019 to early 2020 and passengers will simply leave their car in a well-lit, spacious ‘parking station’ close to the South Terminal entrance and – without handing over keys - the driverless robot will gently lift up the car and store it in a secure car park.

The system will also be connected to real-time flight information so the robot simply returns the vehicle to the parking station. The user then receives an SMS that the vehicle is ready and waiting for their arrival.

More details on Gatwick’s trial will be released prior to the trial launch in coming weeks.

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport said: “I’m delighted to have signed the contract for this new partnership with Stanley Robotics.  The valet parking robots could revolutionise parking at Gatwick and may also become common-place at airports and other businesses across the world.  The new service will be a convenient, personalised experience that will save passengers time, while also reducing vehicle emissions.

“With the potential to significantly increase car park capacity, this new automated system could also help the airport meet the increasing demand for air travel with only limited changes to our existing infrastructure.”

Stéphane Evanno, COO of Stanley Robotics, said: "We are proud to be leading this innovation with Gatwick Airport, whose excellence in operations is recognised globally.

“The UK is of strategic importance to Stanley Robotics; the market provides exciting potential for our product. Thanks to this first partnership, we have established an office and team in the country to further this agenda.

“We are now working with Gatwick to offer visitors a world class experience. We aim to completely reinvent the parking experience and create a seamless customer journey. In addition, we will be maximising the efficient use of land for Gatwick and bringing them a sustainable solution, allowing us to envisage long-term collaboration.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Aurigny opts for OASES from Commsoft

Guernsey-based Aurigny Air Services Ltd has chosen OASES, Commsoft’s MRO IT system, to support its fleet of Embraer, ATR and Dornier aircraft.

NCA publishes Annual Plan 2019/20

Informed by its enhanced understanding of the evolving threat to the UK from Serious and Organised Crime (SOC), the National Crime Agency (NCA) last week published its Annual Plan for 2019/20, setting out its operational priorities for

Avinor reappoints Helios for operational support

Avinor Air Navigation Services, the biggest air navigation service provider in Norway, has reappointed Egis aviation, led by Helios, under a five-year framework contract for provision of consultancy and engineering services.

Global problems to be tackled by UK from space

A new UK space industry directory has been produced, showcasing the range of UK expertise in satellite technology and how it can help tackle problems such as illegal deforestation, disaster response and food production.

Airbond wins second coveted Queen’s Award

Airbond is celebrating securing the Queen’s Award for Innovation – the UK’s highest accolade for business success – for its new patented, splicing technology, making it the second Queen’s Award the company has achieved, having won

First ‘marsquake’ captured by UK sensors

The NASA InSight lander which is supported by the UK Space Agency has recorded its first candidate for a ‘marsquake’.

See us at
ARAS BT2802140519SMIFAVWS BT1302060619