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Autonomous Ground Vehicles at the Airport: a Primer

Autonomous Ground Vehicles (AGVs) are coming... This project would develop a primer on the opportunities offered and the feasibility of widely implementing Autonomous Ground Vehicles (AGVs) at the airport - landside and airside.

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

Autonomous robots park cars at many hub airports. Autonomous shuttles have been successfully tested on the landside. Northern European manufacturers have developed solutions for autonomous snow removal and pavement deicing. Singapore Changi have tested autonomous vehicles on the airside. AGVs did patrol the airport perimeter fencing of Tel Aviv Ben Gurion for a prolonged period of time. Self-docking jetbridges are a reality. Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) might be soon driving people from/to the airport and deliver goods and supply as well.

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

Develop a primer (ACRP report) for documenting the opportunities offered and the feasibility of widely implementing Autonomous Ground Vehicles (AGVs) at the airport, and raise awareness about AGVs within the airport industry.

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

- Inventory of current practices.
- Inventory of proposed applications and ongoing R&D projects.
- Classification/characterization of applications.
- Explore future applications.
- Summary of challenges, impacts and implications.
- Development of ACRP report.

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

- Cost estimate: $250,000.
- Duration: 12 months.

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 03-47, Rethinking Airport Parking Facilities to Protect and Enhance Non-Aeronautical Revenue
- The Future of Autonomous Vehicles: Lessons from the Literature on Technology Adoption, California DOT, June 2018

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