Gatwick airport has announced that it will be trialling a robotic parking system at its south terminal starting from this autumn.
The investment and the projects are attempting to create future capacity and improve resilience.
The trial has been detailed in the airports recently released new five year £1.1 billion investment plan, that said innovation and technology is to play an even greater role in journeys taken at the airport.
The investment plan details that the trial will offer passengers “all the benefits of valet parking, without the need to surrender their keys, and make more efficient use of existing car park space.”
Other projects in the new plan include; check-in automation, biometric auto-boarding technology development and next phase of testing, main runway technology optimisation and infrastructure to support greater use of electric and hybrid vehicles by passengers and staff.
Gatwick’s Chief Executive Officer Stewart Wingate said, “We always put passengers at the heart of our investment plans and it’s great to see how automation and technology can further enhance the passenger experience. The plans explore ways we can grow capacity sustainably, including providing more space in our departure lounges.”