Automation At Indian Airports Begins: AirAsia’s Taxibot At Bengaluru, AI-Driven Robots At Coimbatore!
With passenger volumes rising at Indian airports, the Airport authority will make use of artificial-intelligence powered bots at the Coimbatore Airport to make the lives of travelers easy, and to improve their overall experience at the airports.
Further, airline AirAsia India has started using special bots at the Bengaluru international airport that will help an aircraft move between parking stand and runway without running engines.
Here’s everything you need to know about both the developments.
Coimbatore Airport Introduces Robots at Passengers’ Service
In a joint venture agreement with the robotics company Temi, the Coimbatore Airport has deployed two AI-powered robots at the station, placing one at the arrival port and the other at departure.
Among a list of services provided by the two robots, they will be used to greet passengers coming in and leaving the airport.
The two bots will also guide passengers around the Coimbatore airport at different spots, and have been fed with software specific to this airport, making it operate on floor to reach different passengers and see if they need any help.
Moreover, if a passenger needs help from an airport staff, the robot can connect them via a video call on its screen to address the problem/situation quickly.
Currently, the two bots have been deployed at the Coimbatore airport for a pilot programme of 6 months.
Bengaluru Airport to Now Accommodate Taxibots
In an agreement with the aerospace manufacturing company KSU Aviation, airline AirAsia India has begun using a bot vehicular device called ‘Taxibots’, which will help an aircraft move between parking stand and runway without running engines.
This has been deployed at the Bengaluru international airport.
Also, this is not the first time taxibots are being used at an Indian airport. Prior to Bengaluru airport, the Delhi international airport had started using them for towing two A320 planes in, starting Nov 23, 2021.
“AirAsia India today flagged off the commencement of taxibot operations atBengaluru international airport, following successful trials and subsequent implementation at Delhi international airport,” stated AirAsia India.