AirPortMover

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After around three years of research and development, Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, together with Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and Airbus Operations, has successfully completed the AirPortMover project.

The project, which started in 2018 and was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, aimed to develop autonomous vehicles in the working environment of airports and aprons. In particular, the focus was on the driverless transport of people, such as aircraft crews, on the taxiway or apron.

Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH took over the project management and contributed decisively to the successful course of the project by equipping the project vehicle with lidar sensors, the associated perception software and accompanying systems.

Among other things, Kiel University has dedicated itself to questions concerning the sustainable and innovative development of mobility. The "Reliable Systems" working group, led by Professor Dirk Nowotka, is also addressing the issue of safe functioning and trustworthiness, particularly against the background of approval procedures.

Airbus accompanied the project with important information on the topics of process flows on the airport apron, requirements for communication between the airport tower and autonomous vehicle, and the infrastructure needed for this.

The GATE InnoAirport innovation platform provided a test environment under real conditions for the project at Rostock-Laage Airport.

In March 2022, following the venture’s successful completion, the project partners demonstrated solutions for fully autonomous driving vehicles under the special challenges and safety conditions of an airport apron on the airport grounds. These represent a milestone on the road to automating airport processes.

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