Aebi Schmidt pushes ahead with autonomous solutions for airports
In order to push ahead with future technologies that are ground breaking for autonomous operations at the airport, Aebi Schmidt has introduced a three step approach, which surrenders standard systems in favour of individual clearance concepts tailored to specific situations.
Aebi Schmidt demonstrated the first steps with their new driver assistance system, live and online to an exclusive group of customers.
As well as the driver assistance premiere, they also featured a new way to present to customers and partners. With a total of seven cameras, Aebi Schmidt were able to show-off the system via a live-stream from the Mercedes Benz Test and Technology Center in Immendingen to the devices of the invited partners all over the world.
At the beginning of the event, Rudi Rosenkamp, CCO Global Sales Dealer/Airport, pointed out the importance of a close cooperation with truck manufacturers: “A close cooperation with truck partners is not only necessary, but crucial. Without full integration, the systems cannot function properly and safety aspects cannot be met. That is why we are working closely with CPAC, a member of the Volvo group, and LAB 1886 from Mercedes Benz here in Immendingen.”
One of the essential features of the driver assistance system is, however, that it can be used on trucks and jet sweepers of all brands, independent of the manufacturer, thus significantly minimising the investment risk for airports.
Tested in real conditions
Aebi Schmidt has tested its new driver assistance system using a holistic approach for the last two years. While some of the functions worked at first go, and in real conditions, ongoing testing helped to improve so they could learn from experience.
The test phase also showed that with the support of the systems, safety can be increased far more than originally expected. A survey among the airports participating in the online demonstration showed that opinions and expectations still differ with regard to security. However, the experts agreed on one dimension: a driver assistance system leads directly to an increase in performance and thus to cost savings.
Together – stronger
Aebi Schmidt’s ultimate mission is to increase customers performance. This requires the exchange of experience in the field of autonomous jet sweepers, vehicle operators and airport professionals.
The technology is exploring uncharted territory for all parties involved, but with combined experience, potential risks can be significantly reduced and optimally adapted to real operating conditions.