A new autonomous luggage and cargo system has been launched today that promises to offer a host of operational and financial savings to the aviation sector.
Coventry-based Aurrigo, a leading autonomous vehicle specialist, has unveiled the Auto-DollyÒ, which will give airports the opportunity to move luggage and cargo around indoor and outdoor settings without the need for human operators.
The vehicles can navigate autonomously from one task to another, collecting and dropping off items automatically using a powered roller deck and the unique ability to ‘crab’ sideways when docking and parallel parking.
All-weather running is achieved by weather-hardened sensors and innovative software processes that allow the Auto-DollyÒ to operate in snow, heavy rain, direct sunlight and fog.
A recent trial at Heathrow and a digital-twinning project with a leading Far Eastern airport have proven that this technology can reduce the number of traditional tugs and trailers used to transport cargo and luggage by two thirds, as well as substantially cutting carbon emissions.
“The aviation sector is going through one of the worst periods in living memory. When it emerges, it will need to explore ways where it can achieve cost savings and increase operational efficiencies, including turning around planes and getting them away on time,” explained David Keene, Chief Executive of Aurrigo.
“Auto-DollyÒ will revolutionise airports by improving efficiency in the way aircraft luggage and cargo is loaded, unloaded and handled. The autonomous system virtually eliminates all human contact, extremely important in today’s Covid-19 world and, unlike the tugs that are used today, every Auto-DollyÒ is able to carry a load.
“This results in improved space utilisation in the baggage hall, as no valuable space is taken up by a vehicle that cannot move something.”
He continued: “Our autonomous vehicles are controlled by our Ai-based cyber secure fleet managed system Auto-ConnectÔ, which intelligently assigns Auto-Dollies in the optimum way to meet the strict operational deadlines at the airport.”
Together with the Auto-DollyÒ launch, Aurrigo is also releasing its Auto-SimÔ product, which is a sophisticated airport simulator software tool allowing customers to map current operations and then model how to migrate from manual methods through to a fully automated autonomous operation.