Valet robot parking attendants help ease travel woes for flyers. PICTURED: An empty, multi-storey parking garage stands at the still-not-finished airport.
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Stanley Robotics developed a valet robot that will be parking cars at Paris' Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport. The French startup company named their creation as Stan and the group also recently raised $4 million to fund the development of more valet robots just like him.
Having Stan the valet robot is a good investment for CDG airport. Instead of spending on building more spaces for parking, Stan will be able to maximize existing spaces and park cars more efficiently, according to Tech Crunch.
For flyers, on the other hand, Stan provides convenience and better time management, especially for those in a rush to board their flight. Stan helps lessens the hassle and stress of making arrangements before a trip. A passenger won't even have to leave his car keys with the valet because the robot will simply literally pick up the car and park it securely in its proper designation.
The passenger's parking slot is linked to the flight detail, as per Daily Mail. When the passenger returns from his trip, Stan the valet robot will already have the car ready and waiting.
Bookings with Stan the valet robot are done via an app or online. According to Stanley Robotics, their invention relies on 100 percent electronic technology and adapts to any type of vehicle. Watch Stan in action in the video below.
Stan is France's first valet robot but the concept of airport parking with the help of an AI is not a new idea. Germany introduced the same system at the Dusseldorf airport in 2015. Serva Transport developed the robot, dubbed as RAY, which transformed airport parking efficiency to as much as 60 percent compared to human drivers, as per CNN.
Similar to Stan, bookings for Ray is also via an app or a website. It's unclear how much Paris' CDG Airport charges for Stan but at Dusseldorf, robot valet parking fees cost $32 (29 euros) a day. Learn more about it in the video below.