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ANA identifies technology providers for Saga trials

09 May 2019

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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