Incheon International Airport (ICN) on Oct. 14 became the world’s first airport to use indoor self-driving vehicles and cart robots that carry passenger luggage.
Incheon International Airport developed indoor self-driving vehicles and cart robots based on collaboration with SMEs, and Incheon Airport is the first of the world’s airports to introduce an AI-based autonomous driving service inside the passenger terminal.
The airport said it was aimed at enhancing the mobility and contactless services of users with special needs.
By introducing an indoor self-driving vehicles and cart robots to Incheon Airport as the first in the world, we expect to improve passenger convenience and further strengthen Incheon Airport’s position as a smart airport.Incheon International Airports Corporation Ahn Jung-jun, head of the Smart Promotion Department
The self-driving vehicles are undergoing trial operations, with two installed at the departure and arrival gate of Terminal 1 and the departure gate of Terminal 2 to assist users with special needs such as the disabled, senior citizens or pregnant women.
Two of the airport’s six self-driving cart robots are installed at both terminals and the duty-free shopping section. They tag along with a passenger while transporting his or her luggage and guide him or her at the destination.
Those with special needs get priority in the use of these devices, but regular passengers can also use them as long as no inconvenience is caused to others.
The airport said it hopes the adoption of the two devices will boost user convenience and bolster the airport’s reputation as a smart airport.