Announcement of "Autonomous Driving of towing tractor at the airport in cooperation with JAL" at ZMP World 2019 on July 26th

-Experiment scheduled in the Narita International Airport restricted area-

Image of towing tractor in business (provided by JAL)

ZMP Inc. in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (CEO, Hisashi Taniguchi) and Marubeni Corporation established joint venture, AIRO Inc. (hereinafter AIRO) in cooperation with Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (hereinafter JAL) to participate in demonstration experiment of Autonomous Driving of towing tractor.​ ​

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.​ ​

This year, we will begin the Autonomous Driving demonstration tests for freight transportation sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In cooperation with JAL, we will participate in a demonstration test of towing tractors that can autonomously move in a real time operation during January-February 2020 at Narita International Airport.

Yasuhiro Teshima, Director, Ground Handling Planning Department, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. will introduce about JAL's approach to automation including driving at ZMP World 2019, which will be held from July 23rd to July 26th, 2019.

Day 4: July 26 (Fri) 10:30-11:00
Press release "Autonomous Driving of towing tractor at the airport"

Yasuhiro Teshima, Director, Ground Handling Planning Department, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
Toru Ichihashi, Director of the Board Business Management, ZMP Inc.

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[ZMP World 2019 held summary] 

Theme: "From R & D to mass production -Robolution by ZMP-"
Date and Time: From July 23rd (Tuesday) to July 26th (Friday) from 10:00 to 18:00​ ​
Venue: Bellesalle Iidabashi First (Tokyo Bunkyo-ku Kouraku 2-6-1 Sumitomo Iidabashi First tower​-B1F)
Participation fee: Free (Separate fee is charged for reception)
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