Winnipeg Richardson International Airport has introduced an autonomous airport snowplough, as the result of a partnership with Northstar Robotics Inc and Airport Technologies Inc (ATI).
A specially designed ATI Snow Mauler (dubbed Otto) is configured to operate autonomously using Northstar Robotics technology. The plough performs snow-clearing tasks by following predetermined routes and controlling the blade at specific locations.
The vehicle can already operate autonomously in low-risk areas of the airport following initial trials. Research and development will continue, with the next step being the operation of the snowplough in other areas of the airport.
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