Manufacturer takes flight with German airport deal

Credit: UPS/ Aurrigo

Aurrigo International, the Coventry-based company makes autonomous vehicles, has signed a deal with the Digital Testbed Cargo Project Consortium (DTAC) to deploy the company’s Auto-DollyTug at Stuttgart Airport for autonomous cargo transport trials from the terminal to the deck of an aircraft.

The Auto-DollyTug is scheduled to be deployed in March 2024 for an initial four week period at the project test site in Stuttgart Airport. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) and will be carried out under the academic leadership of the Frauhofer IML (Institute for Material Flow and Logistics) and the Frankfurt University of Applied Science as part of the Digital Testbed Air Cargo project.

David Keene, CEO, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this first deployment in Germany and this is an endorsement of our strategy to concentrate on aviation, a sector where there is a clear demand for autonomous, electric vehicles to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and allow for continued growth in passenger volumes, despite a shortage of security cleared ground staff. We look forward to exploring additional opportunities to work with Stuttgart and DTAC following the initial trial period.”

The deal comes in the same week as Aurrigo secured its first American aviation operation which it hopes will be the first milestone in a key target market.