Stanley Robotics is Building Robots to Park Your Car
【Summary】French startup Stanley Robotics is making robots to help travellers park their cars in the airport. Its first automated valet service has now been running at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris.
For those poor drivers who are always afraid of backing in or parallel parking, one option is waiting for a fully autonomous vehicle to enter the market which can park by itself, or let a robot to park your car for you.
French startup Stanley Robotics is building giant robots that pick up your car at the entrance of a parking lot and then park it for you—more like a tow-truck parking service. By clamping the car's wheels, lifting the entire car, and moving it around, the giant robot will try to locate an empty parking space in the parking lot. Once it finds an open parking spot, it will lower the car into it.
The company is now making a robot called Stan, to help travellers park their cars in the airport. Its first automated valet service has now been running at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris.
A customer can drop off their car close to the terminal in a spacious garage, lock the car and take the key; then confirming his or her booking on a terminal by the door. Once confirmed, Stan the valet robot will come and get the vehicle, and take it to a secure parking space.
"We are very happy with this collaboration. The project is first and foremost a success for the users who love this new service! For Stanley Robotics, it is the start of a great adventure: revolutionizing the car park experience the world over". Clement Boussard, CEO of the company said in its company press release.
One thing to note is, the robot can handle any type of car in all situations, and is all-electric. You might worry that the machine might accidentally damage your car, but Stanley Robotics claims that Stan is "equipped with the latest sensor technology", and can "scan your car very accurately and adjusts to its size …navigating around with the utmost precision, it protects your car from any damage."
Moreover, after your flight back, Stan will bring the vehicle back in the garage and ready it for you to drive away, as the system is connected to your flight information.
The reason behind building the robot is to increase the efficiency of parking spaces, storing more vehicles in a given area. Meanwhile, the drivers fatigue of taking endless time walking around the parking lot to find a space can be totally relieved.
"Gone are the wasted minutes spent finding a free space, doing complicated parking maneuvers and carrying bags all the way through the car park to get to the terminal. We've thought of everything to make things easier for the user." The company said in its website.
Now the company founded in 2015 has just raised $4 million from Elaia Partners, Bpifrance and Idinvest Partners, and would like to sign more deals with airports all around the world.
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
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