All Nippon Airways (ANA) has provided more details to Jane’s about its autonomous technology trials at Kyushu Saga International Airport in Japan.
ANA is using Saga as a technology testbed, in partnership with the regional government.
Technology in the first round of trials at Saga includes a wearable robotic exoskeleton from Cyberdyne, remote-controlled aircraft pushback tractors from Mototok, and automated towing tractors from Toyota Industries. The robotic exoskeletons for heavy-duty loaders entered service at Saga in February, and trials of autonomous towing tractors followed in March–April. Pushback vehicle trials began in mid-April.
“In regards to the automatic baggage loaders, the trial is planned in FY 2019 [Fiscal Year 2019] and is still under co- ordination,” an ANA press spokesman told Jane’s on 9 May.
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