Flag carrier Japan Airlines is conducting mobile robot demonstrative trials at Fukuoka Airport, with an aim to support carrying baggage transportation at the airport.

The trial is being conducted in the domestic terminal at Fukuoka Airport in Japan and will continue until 28 April.

Using Omron’s LD Mobile Robot, Japan Airlines will be able to transport baggage of arrival customers to the exit of the airport terminal.

Being a self-navigating autonomous intelligent vehicle (AIV), the Omron LD Mobile Robot is designed to move material in challenging environments, including confined passageways, as well as dynamic and crowded locations.

Unlike traditional autonomously guided vehicles (AGVs), the Omron Mobile Robot does not require any facility modifications, such as floor magnets or navigational beacons, saving users up to 15% in installation costs.

"The user-friendly software and controls enable the robot to intelligently move around people and obstacles."

The user-friendly software and controls enable the robot to intelligently move around people and obstacles, with a runtime of up to 19 hours a day.

The trials conducted by Japan Airlines aim to deliver special services to the increasing number of passengers who use baby carriages or wheelchairs at the airport.

The technology is expected to enhance safety for travellers, as well as relieve them from the burden of transporting baggage at the airport.

As part of the demonstrative trial, the Omron LD Mobile Robot will enable the customer to transport checked baggage to the nearest ground transportation waiting area.

The trial will also test the mobile robot’s ability to guide passengers to the waiting area.

Japan Airlines focuses on improving airport accessibility, which includes supporting passengers with disabilities and older customers in order to provide them with an enhanced travel experience.