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New Automated Vehicle for Moving through Airports Seeks Crowdfunding

 

As a frequent business traveler, do you often find yourself literally running through airports to get to your flight on time? Sure, you can stand on the moving conveyor belt to get a boost in speed. If you use a wheelchair or scooter, you can also get through the airport faster than walking. These are not ideal options for busy travelers who want to make the most of the time they spend in airports. 

To address this issue, Alden Computer Transport Systems is developing an automated electric vehicle that it calls the Airport Personal Transport or APT. To fund it, the team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000. It will receive full funding from backers if the goal is met by May 22, 2015.

Developers describe the APT as a “semi-autonomous vehicle” for up to two passengers that you can easily navigate through any airport. Passengers begin by reserving an APT on the day they book their airplane flight.

As you reach the airport, you’ll receive a message on your mobile device that will inform you about where to park or where you should be dropped off. The APT will be waiting for you outside. 

You roll your bags onto the APT, sit in a seat and then use your credit card or mobile device to verify your identity.

Once confirmed, the APT will take you to your designated terminal, moving three times faster than average walking speed. The APT is capable of bringing passengers through the security check points to your gate, as well as from one terminal to another or to baggage claim. Its developers say the APT is better than conventional airport electric carts because it features multiple obstacle detectors to avoid collisions.

At Exclusive Sedan, our professionally trained chauffeurs make a point of planning ahead and developing contingency plans to get our customers to the airport on time, safely and stylishly so you won’t have to worry about rushing. We’re intrigued that there may one day be an automated vehicle awaiting our passengers to help them navigate through the airport once we’ve dropped them off.

Posted on Apr 23 2015

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