Autonomous technology expert Aurrigo, a division of Coventry-based automotive engineer the RDM Group, expects to sign a major deal shortly and see sales of £35m next year. Up to 50 new jobs could be created as a result of the innovation.
“We have received huge interest from national carriers, ground handling companies and airports,” said chief executive David Keene who is now looking to raise additional investment to capitalise on the global opportunities.
Battery-powered and with an aluminium chassis Auto-Dolly’s pioneering cyber-secure fleet management software and sensors enable it to operate inside and out in all weathers without the need for infrastructure improvements.
Items are collected and dropped off using a powered roller deck and the Dolly’s unique flexibility includes being able to shift sideways when docking and parallel parking.
“The aviation sector needs to explore ways where it can increase operational efficiencies,” added Keene.
“Auto-Dolly will revolutionise airports by improving efficiency in the way aircraft luggage and cargo is loaded, unloaded and handled. It eliminates virtually all human contact, another plus post-Covid.
“Unlike today’s tugs, every Auto-Dolly is able to carry a load. This also results in better space utilisation, no valuable place is taken up by a vehicle that cannot move something. Our solution could equate to millions of pounds in cost and environmental savings.”
The business is also releasing Auto-Sim, advanced airport simulator software that enables clients to map current operations and then model how to migrate from manual methods through to a fully automated autonomous operation.
Aurrigo’s autonomous passenger vehicle work as well as grants from government-backed Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles have also played vital roles in Auto-Dolly’s development.