London’s Gatwick will soon start experimenting with an advanced parking system where autonomous robots will ferry vehicles into parking spots at the airport’s long-term lots.
CNN Business reports that the soon to be used robot comes with a large bed stretching out from its front, that slides beneath a vehicle and lifts it off the ground. The robot then easily whisks the vehicle into a free parking space.
The airport hopes that the robotic parking system will allow it to cram in far more vehicles into the same amount of space than it currently does.
The robots themselves come from a company called Stanley Robotics. The intriguing little machines have previously been tested at France’s Charles De Gaulle Airport and Lyon Airport.
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Gatwick Airport’s trial will run for three months and replace 170 traditional parking spaces with 270 spots which the robot valets can transport vehicles into. Those using the service will drive their vehicles into one of eight cabins, make a parking reservation and leave their vehicle. The robot valet will then transport the car to a spot.
For added convenience, the robots have the flight details of all users and can bring the car back to a cabin when the passenger lands.
Construction crews will upgrade the parking facility between April and August to remove any obstacles that could confuse the robot valets. Such upgrades will include repairing cracks and getting rid of obstructions like light posts.