No passengers or aircraft will be involved, with the vehicles limited to airside roads between the airport’s North and South terminals. The trial will be run in partnership with Oxbotica, a company that develops software that enables vehicles to run autonomously without reliance on GPS or any other technology outside the vehicle.
“The new technology is a more efficient way to manage vehicles and could lead to a reduction in the number of vehicles required, emissions and associated costs,” expanded Cathal Corcoran, chief information officer, Gatwick Airport.
According to the airport, trials could be the first step toward widespread use of autonomous vehicles on airfields across the world. If successful, trial may lead to an efficient service that staff can hail when they need to travel across the airfield. Data collected from the Gatwick pilot study is anticipated to demonstrate that autonomous vehicles can work safely on an airfield.