VINCI Airports 28.01.2020

Innovation: VINCI Airports and Stanley Robotics continue their collaboration and extend the number of robot-managed parking spaces to 2,000 at Lyon-Saint Exupéry

Following the positive results of the trial, which lasted over a year on 500 parking spaces at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, VINCI Airports and Stanley Robotics have announced the continuation of their collaboration to expand the innovative outdoor valet parking robot system: 2,000 spaces will be operational this summer. The unique service illustrates VINCI Airports’ global innovation strategy aimed at optimising flow management and improving the quality of service to passengers while meeting its airports’ sustainable development challenges.

An innovation on the world stage…

Introduced for the first time worldwide in March 2019 at Lyon airport, the outdoor car parking system, entirely managed by robots developed by Stanley Robotics and VINCI Airports, is set to quadruple its capacity to 2,000 spaces. The service will be provided by seven autonomous robots and 28 vehicle drop-off/collection cabins. In the longer term, the aim is to extend the service to over 6,000 spaces.

… for the benefit of passengers

The main goal of the valet parking robot system is to save time for passengers seeking an available parking space for their vehicle. Parking will never have been easier:

1) passengers reserve a space in just a few clicks on the airport website;
2) they drop off their vehicle at a purpose-designed cabin;
3) the valet parking robot parks the vehicle in the secure car park;
4) passengers take the nearby shuttle to the terminals;
5) on their return, they collect their vehicle from one of the cabins.

Security, simplicity and time-saving are among the numerous benefits of the valet parking robot.
… and the environment!

The valet parking robot also reduces the airport’s environmental impact:
⇨ Reduced land use, enabling the creation over time of 50% more spaces on the same surface area by increasing parking density and by multi-row parking.
⇨ CO2 emissions limited by eliminating the need for passengers to drive around looking for a parking space. In addition, the robots are powered by an electric motor that does not emit CO2. Over a year, it is estimated that, for 2,000 parking spaces, around 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided.
Innovation, improved customer experience and reduced environmental impact: the valet parking robot project illustrates the strategy applied by VINCI Airports across its network. It also helped Lyon-Saint Exupéry win the Airport Council International’s ACI Europe Best Airport 2019 Award in the 10–15 million passengers category and secure carbon neutral certification for its activities (ACA 3+).
Key figures

  • 8,000 users since the service was launched in 2019
  • 750 users/month, a constantly growing number
  • 95% of users state they would use the service again
  • 2,000 km travelled by the robots since the service was launched