Research Projects

Airside Automated Ground Vehicle Technology (AGVT) Demonstration to Support Airport Operations In Reserve

This project would plan, deploy and document an airside application of AGVT at an airport. The proposed project may be AGVT mowing, AGVT perimeter security, AGVT FOD detection, or other application assessed in ACRP 03-48.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Automated vehicle technologies are being widely implemented in the roadway sector and this project would build on this, as well as the work of ACRP 03-48.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The objective is to deploy AGVT in airport operations activities and document the lessons learned so other airports can learn from the experience.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Develop a detailed deployment plan for demonstration and evaluation the selected AGVT application, as well as supporting technology, industry partner(s) as appropriate and airport where the AGVT will be deployed.
Implement the demonstration project, and document the findings.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

Equipment and supplies $60,000
Plan development $60,000
Activities to support actual demonstration $60,000
Document findings $50,000
Travel and coordination with industry partners $20,000
Total $250,000

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

ACRP 03-48 Airside AGVT.
Research Roadmap ACRP Web-only document 37. This project and AGVT supports Continuity of Operations, since AGVT support maintenance during times of limited operation hours to minimize disruption (e.g., mowing).
This project supports O&M Workforce, enable a technology enabled airport workforce, since it will identify skill sets required for airport operations workers who interact with AGVT.

Idea No. 265