Questionable: Automated Robotic Car Valet At Airport

April 2, 2019

This is a video demonstration of the Stanley Robotics automated robotic car valet system in place at the Aéroports de Lyon in France as a proof on concept. Basically you drop your car off in a closed garage, then a robotic valet comes along and drags your vehicle to an outdoor parking lot (in this case literally fifty feet away) for the time you're away, then retrieves the car and returns it to a garage upon your scheduled arrival. But, uh, why? For the illusion that my car was parked in a closed garage while I was gone instead of getting shat on and baking outside? Just for the sake of not having to find your car in a parking lot? Because airport parking is already expensive enough without having to pay robot wages. I don't get it. That said I tried it on my way to Cannes and it's a game changer.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to K Diddie, who agrees the best ride to an airport is from a friend you guilt-tripped into taking you.

  • Dani

    It's pretty obvious that the garage is just an interface between humans and the secured parking lot operated by robots, noting questionable about that. It does not imply covered parking.

  • Tigerh8r

    And that's cheaper than a fleet of self driving cars?

  • I want to see the pitch room where a 3 year old sold this idea for 100 million dollars.

    3 year old: "So it's a garage, and a robot... and you know how parking in a lot is like... sucky, but like... garage is better... and if you see... a garage when you park... but then robot moves to the lot when you aren't looking... then robot moves back like... right at the last second... it will... make uhm... uhm.. it will make... it will be better."

    Stanley Robotics: "Get me my motherfucking checkbook."

  • The_Wretched

    Minimum wage is really too much? And any robot that can move cars for a valet service can be programmed to steal them.

  • Wild Man of Wongo

    If there weren't laws dictating it, minimum wage would disappear. We'd be back to working for credit to buy crap from overpriced company stores.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Thank goodness nobody has to shop at the company store these days... No Walmart or Amazon underlings rely on their respective employers for basically every facet of their lives... Thank goodness!

  • Wooder

    Great idea, so you leave thinking its in a covered garage, then the robot moves it outside, hoping there's no hail storms then move it back before you notice the damage. Well done little robot...

    Also why doesn't it wash your car....not a spit polish though.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Combine this creepy dead eyed abomination with an underground parking structure and you've got yourself a parking area for year-round.

    I do wonder if it can handle big vehicles like say a Suburban, a Rolls Royce Wraith, a F250 Super-duty or similarly obese ride.

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