This year, passengers arriving by car at Gatwick Airport may be offered something a little different. Stan the robot, an automated car park attendant, will hopefully be on site to make your life a little easier. Just leave the car and go. It’s new technology for the UK, but one the makers hope will become very popular.
The Long-Stay Parking of the Future
One of the biggest headaches in airport logistics is making sure passengers can use their own vehicles. With possibly hundreds of thousands of people showing up in cars each week, it can be nearly impossible to offer them parking close to the airport.
For this reason, park and ride and shuttle services are crucial. But there are also the more expensive VIP valet services too.
But what if we could all just get out of the car and go, safe in the knowledge our car would be back waiting for us when we return? As professional insurers such as https://www.quotemetoday.co.uk/motor-trade-insurance recognize, airports are hot spots for fender benders. This is the dream – but first Gatwick wants to see if passengers are comfortable letting a robot park their car.
Starting in August, attendant ‘Stan’ will be running an allocated garage in the vicinity. All passengers need to do is check in on a computer, step out, lock their car and Stan will do the rest. Using robotic arms to gently lift the types, it’ll place your car in a spot. When your plane lands Stan will be notified and retrieve your car faster than you can say ‘waiting for luggage to unload’.
Why Use Stan?
Yes, it’s is just a parking attendant, but the researchers at Stanley Robotics have worked out that with a little creative valeting a third more cars can be parked in the same space. And as we all know, at the airport that’s crucial space. What’s more, it’s even safer than moving your own vehicle around. Whether you’re got all-inclusive or motor trade insurance, no one likes to make a car park claim.
So next time you jet off don’t forget to look out for Stan. He’s small and friendly and has lovely blue eyes. But he’s only around for three months, so if you want to meet him, you’d better book now.