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PMRs in Airports - improving accessibility, helping clean, expediting delivery and more!
PMRs in Airports - improving accessibility, helping clean, expediting delivery and more!

Wed, Oct 02

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Zoom Webinar

PMRs in Airports - improving accessibility, helping clean, expediting delivery and more!

Sponsored by CITM, our panel of experts will share the highlights of recent pilot projects in transportation and mobility in the airport sector.

Time & Location

Oct 02, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom Webinar

About the event

Public-area Mobile Robots - are they coming soon to an airport near you? Sponsored by the Centre for Integrated Transportation and Mobility, this webinar brings together a panel of experts who will share highlights from recent pilot projects related to the FLITE program at the Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford Airport in Michigan.  

Our panel includes:

Matt Benson, CEO of FLITE - whose mandate is to test innovative technologies (including autonomous robotics) for airports.  

Vivek Burhanpurkar, CEO, Cyberworks Robotics  

Richard Dunda, Director of CITM

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority, in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)Seamless VenturesSouthwest Airlines® and the West Michigan Aviation Academy, has introduced the Ford Launchpad for Innovative Technologies and Entrepreneurship, or FLITE, which provides grants and pilot-testing opportunities to companies focused on bringing emerging air travel technology solutions to market. This is one of the first airport-based initiatives in the nation that provides funding to encourage the design and development of new products and services in a live airport environment.

Cyberworks Robotics, a client at CITM, offers industrial tow tugs, industrial floor cleaners and personal mobility vehicles (wheelchair robots). Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and mobile equipment have not achieved the mass adoption that was predicted five years ago. This is because a number of “edge-case” problems have proven more difficult to solve than developers had predicted. These edge-cases cause AMRs to periodically fail and require operator interventions, sometimes several times per hour, which is not acceptable by commercial standards. Cyberworks Robotics has solved these edge-cases for AMRs and industrial equipment applications such as floor scrubbing, material handling, indoor logistics and personal indoor transport, resulting in a 99% reduction in operator interventions in complex dynamic commercial environments like airports and grocery stores.

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