Robot valets have now come to the UK to make parking at our airports a more efficient process. London Gatwick Airport is expecting to start trialling the machines in August 2019 for a few months. The robots will then be reviewed and a verdict will be reached as to whether they will become a part of the airport permanently.
The machines were created by Stanley Robotics, and co-founder Stéphane Evanno explains more about the robot’s role: “We call it a valet parking robot because people just need to drop off their car at the entrance of the car park and then they can basically leave and catch a flight, but it’s doing more than just valet parking.”
Stanley Robotics have already had successful trials at other European airports, including Lyon and Düsseldorf. So, the outcome is looking good for the UK. Using this equipment promises to make travelling more efficient and cut out the stress and hassle of finding a space in long stay car parks. If this technology is successful, certain airports will be able to offer a better parking experience overall for customers.
Concerns have been raised regarding robot valets, with the worry that these robots will take jobs away from current employees, which could have a knock-on effect for other roles within UK airports. However, this technology can be used all day and night without a break, and could be cheaper for companies to use instead of paid labour.
While this technology promises a hassle-free customer experience, it could mean that more jobs are lost in our UK airports.