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February 25, 2021

Aurrigo unveils new autonomous luggage and cargo transport platform

Autonomous vehicle specialist Aurrigo has launched its new autonomous luggage and cargo transport platform, named Auto-Dolly, for the aviation sector.

Autonomous vehicle specialist Aurrigo has launched its new autonomous luggage and cargo transport platform, named Auto-Dolly, for the aviation sector.

This vehicle will allow airports to move luggage and cargo in outdoor and indoor settings without the need for human resources.

Auto-Dolly can autonomously navigate from one task to another and collect and drop off the luggage and cargo robotically via a powered roller deck.

It can also move sideways while docking and parallel parking.

Auto-Dolly can function in snow, fog, heavy rain and direct sunlight with the help of weather-hardened sensors and innovative software processes.

In its recent trial at Heathrow and a digital-twinning project led by Far Eastern airport, it was learned that this technology can cut down carbon emissions.

In addition, Auto-Dolly can reduce the number of outmoded tugs and trailers by two thirds.

Aurrigo chief executive David Keene said: “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.

“Auto-Dolly will revolutionise airports by improving efficiency in the way aircraft luggage and cargo is loaded, unloaded and handled. Auto-Dolly virtually eliminates all human contact from the baggage and cargo process, extremely important in today’s Covid world and unlike the tugs that are used today, every Auto-Dolly 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.”

Auto-Dollies will be controlled by Aurrigo’s AI-based cyber-secure fleet management system, called Auto-ConnectTM.

This system will enable Auto-Dollies to meet the strict operational deadlines at the airport in an ideal manner.

David Keene continued: “Together with the Auto-Dolly launch, we are also releasing our Auto-Sim product, which is a sophisticated airport simulator software tool allowing customers to baseline current operations and then model how to migrate from manual methods through to a fully automated Auto-Dolly operation.

“Engagement with lead customers, together with continuing on-site airport trials, have been fantastic and we’re now in the position to launch our Auto-Dolly solution to the world. This could equate to hundreds of millions of pounds of cost reduction every year for the airport industry, plus the huge environmental savings gained by reducing overall emissions of the fleet of today’s inefficient tractors and trailers.”

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