For the record, NAVYA is a leading French autonomous vehicle manufacturer and smart & shared mobility solution provider.
With more than 200 staff in France (Paris and Lyon) and the US (Michigan), NAVYA designs, manufactures and markets a range of driverless, electric, autonomous vehicles, combining cutting-edge robotic, digital and automotive technologies.
Charlatte Manutention is a Fayat Group subsidiary. It’s the world’s leading electric baggage tractor manufacturer. With 140 staff in France and the US, Charlatte Manutention generated €65 million in sales revenue in 2018.
To do its job and avoid disrupting runway traffic, the vehicle is equipped with smart systems and sensors to recognise its environment, very accurately determine its position, detect obstacles (360°), and make decisions. With its sensors (lidars, cameras, GPS, odometer) and autonomous driving software, the vehicle can move around the airport on its own. AUTONOM TRACT also communicates with airport traffic lights.
Once the passenger baggage has reached the sorting area, the first autonomous baggage tractor does the following:
The autonomous and electric baggage tractor has been operational since 15 November on the runways at Toulouse-Blagnac airport and was able to operate driverless following the granting of specific permits.
The experiment with this AT135 baggage tractor developed by the subsidiary created by Charlatte Manutention and NAVYA: CHARLATTE AUTONOM, is the result of close collaboration between several leading experts in the air transport industry, who joined forces to imagine the airport of tomorrow
The tractor’s everyday maintenance is managed by TCR. The autonomous vehicle is supervised by 3S Group operatives who specialise in the operational processes. Air France also provides support and expertise in collaboration with Toulouse-Blagnac airport, by including their operations and infrastructure in the experiment.
Source : https://corporate.airfrance.com/fr/actualite/premiere-mondiale-un-vehicule-bagages-autonome-experimente-en-conditions-reelles-0?language=fr