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 Aurrigo International plc to Make USA Debut with International Airlines Group in Cincinnati 

IAG the Anglo-Spanish owner of British Airways and Iberia will deploy Aurrigo Auto-DollyTug at busy North American cargo hub 

  • Aurrigo announce first deployment of its autonomous aviation vehicles in the USA with International Airlines Group (IAG) 
  • The partnership, which is for the provision of Aurrigo’s solutions at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), will start with an evaluation and simulation phase using Auto-Sim® in November, running for three months 
  • Simulation phase followed by a demonstration utilising Auto-DollyTug® throughout 2024 
  • Full media assets and Aurrigo’s vehicles can be found HERE 

Coventry, Thursday 29th November: Aurrigo International PLC has signed an agreement with International Airlines Group (IAG), the Anglo-Spanish owner of British Airways and Iberia for the deployment and demonstration of its autonomous aviation vehicles. The deal marks the first for Aurrigo’s aviation vehicles in the USA 

The partnership, which is for the provision of Aurrigo’s solutions at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), will start with an evaluation and simulation phase in November using the companies Auto-Sim® platform and will run for three months, before being followed by a demonstration phase and an initial deployment of an Auto-DollyTug®. On successful completion of the demonstration, Aurrigo expects that this will lead to the deployment of a small fleet in the first half of 2025. 

Aurrigo CEO David Keene, commented: “This partnership is an important milestone for us as it will be our first aviation operation in the USA – a key target market. Next year we will have our autonomous vehicles operating at airports in the UK, Europe, Asia and now the US, showing the clear demand there is in the aviation sector for our technology.” 

We’re pleased to be partnering with IAG beyond the UK and to be building a presence at a key international airport. We are demonstrating vehicles that are designed from the ground up to be electric and autonomous to provide substantial efficiency improvements in future ground handling operations.” 

Auto-DollyTug combines the utility of a baggage tractor, with the ULD (Unit Load device) carrying capability of an airport dolly, making a more flexible and space efficient vehicle. This means that a combination of an Auto-DollyTug® and three trailers carries four ULDs or over 30% more than a traditional tug set-up of the same overall length. Auto-DollyTug® incorporates robotic arms on the body, allowing the vehicle to autonomously load and unload a ULD itself. 

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Enquiries: Aurrigo International plc  via media@aurrigo.com 

AURRIGO TO SUPPORT THE GERMAN DIGITAL TESTBED AIR CARGO (DTAC) PROJECT FOR ITS AUTONOMOUS CARGO TRANSPORT TRIALS AT STUTTGART AIRPORT

 The Aurrigo Auto-DollyTug® autonomous electric baggage handling vehicle brings world first capabilities to aviation ground handling 

  • DTAC Consortium to deploy the Aurrigo Auto-DollyTug – a uniquely capable autonomous, electric cargo tractor to test driverless delivery of cargo to aircraft at part of the Digital Testbed Air Cargo Project (DTAC) 
  • Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) academic leadership from Frauhofer IML (Institute for Material Flow and Logistics) and Frankfurt University of Applied Science 
  • Auto-DollyTug tows baggage or cargo trailers and also carries a standard baggage Unit Load Device (ULD) on the vehicle, increasing load capacity and movement efficiency by 30% for the same train length 
  • Designed from the ground up to be electric and autonomous, Auto-DollyTug can load and unload itself without driver involvement 
  • Full media assets and Aurrigo’s vehicles can be found HERE 

Coventry, Friday 24th November: Aurrigo International PLC secures a contract with the Digital Testbed Cargo Project (DTAC) Consortium to trial the autonomous transport of cargo from the terminal to the deck of the aircraft. The programme will use an Aurrigo Auto-DollyTug autonomous, electric vehicle, which brings unprecedented manoeuvrability and utility to the aviation sector to improve efficiency and speed up aircraft turnaround times. 

The subproject, which is funded by the Germany Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) and is carried out under the academic leadership of the Frauhofer IML (Institute for Material Flow and Logistics) and the Frankfurt University of Applied Science is part of the Digital Testbed Air Cargo (DTAC) project. The preparation work has already begun with Auto-DollyTug expected on the tarmac in March 2024. 

Auto-DollyTug combines the utility of a baggage /cargo tractor, with the ULD carrying capability of an airport dolly, making a more flexible and space efficient vehicle. This means that a combination of an Auto-DollyTug and three trailers carries four ULDs or over 30% more than a traditional tug set-up of the same overall length. Auto-DollyTug incorporates robotic arms on the body, allowing the vehicle to autonomously load and unload a ULD itself. 

Aurrigo CEO David Keene explains: “We are absolutely delighted to win this first deployment in Germany, following on from announcements we have made already in Singapore, USA, and the UK. 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 volumes, despite a shortage of security cleared ground staff.” 

The operational part of the project is for an initial four week period at the project test site in Stuttgart Airport, which is expected to start in March 2024. The German project follows on from successful testing at Changi Airport in Singapore with the Auto-DollyTug, which has been running since February 2022. 

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Aurrigo International plc

Coventry-based Aurrigo is a leading international provider of transport technology solutions. The group designs, engineers and manufactures electric autonomous vehicles and OEM products to the automotive and transport industries.

Aurrigo listed on AIM in September 2022, under challenging market conditions. The group raised £8m on admission, at a placing price of 48p. The success of the listing and fundraise is a testament to the group’s innovative technology and provides Aurrigo with a solid platform for growth. The IPO was identified as the best performing IPO of 2022.

Since floating, the group’s share price has increased 152% from 52.5p to 132.5p and its market cap has grown from £20m to £55.21m. Aurrigo has also continued to deliver on its key IPO objectives. In October 2022, the group signed an agreement with Changi Airport Group for the next phase of development of the Auto-Dolly, its innovative baggage transportation solution for airports, and this was shortly followed by a multi-year partnering agreement with Changi in February 2023.

ESG highlights: ESG is fundamental to Aurrigo’s mission and provides many opportunities to grow its business. The group is investing in reducing its carbon footprint and engaging in DEI initiatives including internships and in-house mentoring.

Aurrigo and UPS Announce Autonomous Electric Cargo Vehicle Pilot Programme at East Midlands Airport

The project supported by UK public funding aims to reduce emissions and increase safety

UPS and Aurrigo have announced a collaborative project to deploy Auto-Cargo, an autonomous electric vehicle designed to move heavy cargo loads to and from aircraft at the UPS hub at East Midlands Airport, the UK’s second-largest cargo terminal.

The vehicle can transport a standard full-size cargo pallet or two half-size aviation industry standard containers or Unit Load Devices (ULD) up to a total load of 7.5 tonnes and is designed to tow a further fully loaded cargo trailer behind it.

Its autonomous technology will enable the limited numbers of security-cleared drivers to be freed up to perform other roles around the airport, while also producing zero tailpipe emissions.

The programme is supported by matched funding from Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency, and CCAV, with almost 500K GBP in funding. The two companies will develop and pilot Auto-Cargo at East Midlands Airport over a 14-month period.

David Keene, Aurrigo CEO: “This vehicle allows an airfreight operator to help decarbonise and automate its ground operations for lower emissions and greater efficiency. By combining the tractor and trailer into one unit, we save space, which in a busy cargo hub like East Midlands Airport is vital to efficient loading and unloading of aircraft.’’

Matt Nicholson, UPS International Director of Automotive Engineering: “Our business is all about delivering parcels efficiently through our global, integrated network. This collaboration will help us do that with increased safety and zero tailpipe emissions, making our airside operation more efficient with a purpose-designed vehicle.’’

VISUAL:                        Conceptual rendering of cargo dolly

INTERVIEW OPP:      Matt Nicholson, International Automotive Director, UPS

MEDIA CONTACT:      Shenique Edwards, UPS, sheniqueedwards@ups.com

‘Major Brexit export win’: British-made driverless shuttles appear in Prague

 

EXCLUSIVE: Coventry-based Aurrigo International has deployed its futuristic Auto-Shuttle in Prague – a major worldwide tourist destination.

British-made driverless shuttles have appeared on the historic streets of Prague for the first time in another major Brexit boost.

In the latest example of UK manufacturing flexing its muscles the Czech Republic capital – a major worldwide tourist destination – has replaced horse and cart with autonomous transport.It is the first time Coventry-based Aurrigo International has deployed its futuristic Auto-Shuttle in mainland Europe, describing the move as a “major export win”.

‘Major Brexit export win’: British-made driverless shuttles appear in Prague

EXCLUSIVE: Coventry-based Aurrigo International has deployed its futuristic Auto-Shuttle in Prague – a major worldwide tourist destination.

This self-driving bus is now carrying passengers at Prague Exhibition Grounds

Prague residents and visitors have the unique opportunity to take a step into the future of public transportation at the Výstaviště Praha Exhibition Grounds from this weekend. Through October 5, self-driving autonomous minibuses can be taken for a ride, for free, through the spacious premises of the exhibition grounds in Prague 7.

The presentation of these self-driving minibuses is a collaborative effort between the city of Prague, research company PowerHUB, and British transport company Aurrigo, offering an exciting glimpse into the world of autonomous transportation.

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https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/this-self-driving-bus-is-now-carrying-passengers-at-prague-exhibition-grounds

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