Stanley Robotics will use Velodyne’s Puck and Velarray M1600 lidar sensors to enable perception and navigation capabilities in its Stan robots for safe and autonomous operation


An autonomous parking valet robot from Stanley Robotics, equipped with the Puck sensor from Velodyne Lidar (Credit: Stanley Robotics)

Velodyne Lidar has announced a multi-year agreement with France-based Stanley Robotics to provide the latter with lidar sensors for an automated valet parking solution.

According to Velodyne Lidar, autonomous handling robots are employed by the service to help parking lots accommodate more vehicles while also enhancing customer satisfaction.

Stanley Robotics will use Velodyne’s Puck and Velarray M1600 lidar sensors to enable perception and navigation capabilities in its all-electric Stan robots for safe and autonomous operation.

Velodyne Lidar’s sensors are said to provide real-time 3D perception data for localisation, mapping, classification of objects, and object tracking.

The sensors can work in a variety of difficult environments, including ones with varied lighting and precipitation, claimed Velodyne Lidar.

Velodyne Lidar worldwide sales senior vice president Laura Wrisley said: “Stanley Robotics is transforming logistics for vehicles with its autonomous mobile robot technology. Equipped with Velodyne’s lidar sensors, Stan robots provide the precision needed to safely move, park and deliver cars where and when customers need them.

“This advanced system aligns with efficiency and sustainability goals of car park operators, parking cars in dense blocks and relieving the need to add costly new parking areas.”

With the help of the parking service from advanced, drivers will be able to leave their cars at a designated drop-off/pick-up location, and a robot will transport them to a private, secure parking space.

Stanley Robotics COO Mathieu Lips said: “High-performance sensors are key to enabling our autonomous mobile robots to reliably navigate and maneuver in narrow parking lanes.

“Velodyne’s lidar sensors deliver the performance for Stanley Robotics’ innovative solutions. This agreement reflects Velodyne’s ability to serve the unique nature and high-level requirements of our use cases.

“This partnership with Velodyne also provides Stanley Robotics privileged access to best-in-class technology in the field of lidar sensors.”

Powered by Velodyne Lidar’s sensors, the automated valet parking service from Stanley Robotics is currently used in airports and finished vehicle logistics in Europe and Japan.

Additional rollouts of the parking solution are anticipated in 2023, including in North America.