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Autonomous luggage & cargo transport platform

04 March 2021

AUTOMOMOUS VEHICLE specialist, Aurrigo has unveiled the Auto-Dolly, which will give airports the opportunity to move luggage and cargo around indoor and outdoor settings without the need for human operators.

Auto-Dolly navigates autonomously from one task to another, collecting and dropping off the luggage or cargo automatically using a powered roller deck,  and  has the 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 units 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 revealed that this technology can reduce the number of traditional tugs and trailers used to transport luggage and cargo 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-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.

 “Our autonomous vehicles are controlled by our AI based cyber secure fleet management system called Auto-Connect, which intelligently assigns Auto-Dollies in the optimum way to meet the strict operational deadlines at the airport.

"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."