UK-based autonomous shuttle specialist Aurrigo International has teamed up with Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) to develop an autonomous electric baggage vehicle, the Aurrigo Auto-Dolly.
The multi-year partnership with CAG will see Aurrigo demonstrate its autonomous solutions at one of Asia’s largest transport hubs including testing the Auto-Dolly’s operation through the baggage handling area, along the airside roadways and at the aircraft stand.
According to Aurrigo, due to its small footprint and tight turning radius, the Auto-Dolly can manoeuvre itself precisely next to an aircraft and ground service equipment (GSE) items. In addition, with its capability to transfer a unit load device directly to and from the Skyloader equipment which loads the plane “so airports can reduce manpower and equipment”.
Changi Airport, located at the eastern end of Singapore, is the first airport in the world to test this equipment’s ability to perform autonomous loading and unloading of unit loading devices (ULDs) at the aircraft stand. If the trial proves successful, Aurrigo said it plans to roll out the autonomous vehicle at other airports globally.
Aurrigo chief executive David Keene said the company was looking to “continuously develop a vehicle that can operate safely and efficiently in the safety critical environment of an airport apron”, the area of an airport where aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded.
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