Announcement of new initiatives for automation in the airports at ZMP World on 24th July 2019

-Aiming for practical use of Autonomous Driving within the restricted areas of airport in 2020-

RoboCar® Mini EV Bus during Autonomous Driving test in the year 2018 at Chubu International Airport

ZMP Inc. in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (CEO, Hisashi Taniguchi) to announce the new initiatives of AIRO Inc. (hereinafter “AIRO”), a joint venture established with Marubeni Corporation at ZMP World 2019.

The number of foreign visitors to Japan continues to increase, and the Government of Japan is aiming to achieve 40 million inbound annuals by 2020. On the other hand, due to the increase in the number of arrivals and departures and the decrease in the population of production age, the labor shortage of the ground support service at the airport has become a serious issue.
In order to solve these social issues, AIRO has been promoting the commercialization of Autonomous Driving services in the airport restricted area since its establishment in December 2018. In fiscal 2018, we used the RoboCar® MiniVan and RoboCar® Mini EV Bus to participate in Autonomous Driving demonstration tests sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure ,Transport and Tourism. In addition, we will begin the Autonomous Driving demonstration tests for freight transportation this fiscal year.

AIRO will promote the implementation and verification of Level 4 Driving aiming at commercialization of Autonomous Driving within the limited airport area by 2020. We will gradually develop services to support the reduction of ground handling labor. In addition, we plan to expand our business in Japan as well as worldwide.

The details of AIRO's future business will be announced in the joint press with Toru Okazaki, CEO, AIRO Inc. at ZMP World 2019, which is scheduled from July 23rd to July 26th, 2019.

Day 2: July 24th (Wednesday) from 12:00 noon to 12:30 pm
Press release "New initiatives for automation in the airports"

CEO of AIRO Inc.
Toru Okazaki, Senior Operating Officer, Aerospace & Ship Division General Manager, Aerospace & Defense Systems Department, Marubeni Corporation
Director of AIRO Inc.
Toru Ichihashi, Director of the Board Business Management, ZMP Inc.​ ​

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