Japan Airlines is conducting mobile robot demonstrative trials to transport baggage at Fukuoka Airport using Omron’s new LD series mobile robots.
The trial is being conducted in the airport’s domestic terminal in Japan until the end of the week.
Using Omron’s LD Mobile Robot, Japan Airlines will be able to transport baggage of arrival customers to the exit of the airport terminal.
Being a self-navigating autonomous intelligent vehicle (AIV), the Omron LD Mobile Robot is designed to move material in challenging environments, including confined passageways, as well as dynamic and crowded locations.
Unlike traditional autonomously guided vehicles (AGVs), the Omron Mobile Robot does not require any facility modifications, such as floor magnets or navigational beacons, saving users up to 15% in installation costs.
Enhancing safety for travellers
The user-friendly software and controls enable the robot to intelligently move around people and obstacles, with a runtime of up to 19 hours a day.
The trials conducted by Japan Airlines aim to deliver special services to the increasing number of passengers who use baby carriages or wheelchairs at the airport.
The technology is expected to enhance safety for travellers, as well as relieve them from the burden of transporting baggage at the airport.
As part of the demonstrative trial, the Omron LD Mobile Robot will enable the customer to transport checked baggage to the nearest ground transportation waiting area.
The trial will also test the mobile robot’s ability to guide passengers to the waiting area.
Japan Airlines focuses on improving airport accessibility, which includes supporting passengers with disabilities and older customers.