Having rolled out its first robotic solution in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Stanley Robotics (stanley-robotics.com) has just closed an investment round of €3.6 million, with the participation of Elaia Partners, Idinvest Partners and the investment fund Ville de Demain, run by Bpifrance as part of its “Investments in the Future Programme” (Programme d’investissements d’avenir - PIA). The funding round will allow the start-up to accelerate the global expansion of its robotic parking solution.
The world’s first outdoor robotic parking solution!
Stanley Robotics’ ambition is to disrupt the parking experience. For this, the company has developed Stan, the world’s first outdoor robotic parking solution. Stan is based on a very simple idea. You park your car in a designated parking spot at the entrance to the car park and Stan collects the vehicle and parks it for you. No need to waste your time parallel parking or looking for a free space. The robot takes care of everything for you. The car is then ready and waiting upon your return.
The robot itself is completely autonomous (AGV – Automatic Guided Vehicles) and adapts to all kinds of different environments and weather conditions. Aurélien Cord, CTO and Co-founder of Stanley Robotics, explains. “Beforehand, we were working in a research lab developing autonomous vehicles. Stan is the product of 15 years of research in this field. Today we’re extremely proud to be able to make this technology available to the general public”.
Having been rolled out just two years ago, Stan is already operational in a major airport!
Founded in 2015, Stanley Robotics has been growing and expanding quickly. The company’s first year was dedicated to developing a prototype, which quickly captured the imagination of car park operators. This initial interest turned to reality when Stanley Robotics formed a partnership with Aéroports de Paris to assist with the airport operator’s parking concerns. Less than one year later, the solution had been rolled out in Charles de Gaulle Airport’s PEF car park.
CEO and Co-founder of Stanley Robotics, Clément Boussard, tells us more. “Early on,we realised there was a strong need for greater parking capacity in airports. As a result, we focused our efforts on this market, and just two years on, we have gone from a team of 3 people to one of 25. This investment round will allow us to maintain this level of growth and envisage greater expansion”.
Further projects are in the pipeline both in France and overseas. The first of these will be put into action before the end of this year.
About Stanley Robotics
Stanley Robotics is a venture-backed company that was created in January 2015, and is headquartered in Paris, France. It is developing an automated valet parking service with robots that can move any vehicle and increase capacity in existing car parks by up to 50%, while revolutionizing the user experience.
The three founders, Clément Boussard (CEO), Aurélien Cord (CTO) and Stéphane Evanno (COO), all have previous experience in driverless technology (at top research institutes and with a world-class industrial corporation).