Commercial Applications for Driverless Baggage Tractor Expected by 2019

Article originally published on Aviation Pros here. 

TLD and EasyMile displayed TractEasy at inter airport Europe 2017, which is designed to transfer baggage and cargo from the terminal to aircraft on the ramp, with a completely driverless approach.
During inter airport Europe 2017, held in Munich, Germany this past October, TLD and EasyMile unveiled its driverless baggage tractor - TractEasy.

Representatives from both companies were on hand to exhibit the autonomous vehicle, which incorporates software that allows the robotized tractor to operate on the ramp. The solution integrates the ramp operation organization, the safety parameters of the unit on the ramp, the navigational software to optimize routes as well as the vital security layers to ensure protection against outside interference, according to company officials.

A press release announcing TractEasy's features explained the vehicle is based on TLD’s JET-16 electric tractor and integrates all remote control, communication and safety detection tools developed by EasyMile as part of their driverless technology which is already used in EasyMile’s EZ10 driverless shuttle.

TractEasy is designed to transfer baggage and cargo from the terminal to aircraft on the ramp, with a completely driverless approach.

“This is a strategic partnership for TLD, allowing us to address a fast growing customer demand with an existent proven technology. Airports represent a real short term opportunity for driverless vehicles, with a well-defined environment, and very significant potential pay-back. TLD and EasyMile are sharing strong values, starting with innovation,” said Antoine Maguin, CEO of TLD.

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