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March 14, 2022

HKIA deploys unmanned vehicle for airport patrolling

If the vehicle detects any abnormalities during patrolling, it will alert the on-duty airport staff.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has implemented the Autonomous Patrol Car (APC) developed by autonomous driving solution provider Teksbotics and its technology partner UISEE, which is said to emulate real-world patrolling.

APC is an unmanned vehicle that will operate in the restricted area of HKIA.

Equipped with eight high-definition cameras, APC has been designed to monitor unauthorised people movement or any abnormal conditions related to the barbed wire.

It will alert the on-duty airport staff on detecting abnormalities during patrolling. 

The unmanned vehicle features three lidars and two sets of differential global positioning systems (dGPS) that will enable it to monitor people or nearby objects to prevent collisions.

The company also claims that its APC lowers air resistance to enhance fuel efficiency and cut down emissions.

Teksbotics CEO Berry Leung said: “Our engineers have been working closely with Airport Authority Hong Kong and other business partners in the work of implementation of the vehicle with our autonomous driving system.

“We are very proud of having successfully launched one of the world’s first unmanned patrol vehicles at HKIA.”

The first stage of APC was deployed along the South Runway Road of HKIA, and presently there are four APCs that are patrolling the South and North Runway.

Teksbotics associated director Dennis Cheung said: “We are confident that our industry-leading autonomous driving technology in logistics and patrol vehicles showcased in this project will lead into a revolutionary paradigm shift in the airport operation.

“We will strive to create constructive synergy by sharing our know-how and experiences of developing autonomous driving technology between a commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle sectors to expedite autonomous driving technology.”

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