Autonomous guided vehicles, hands-free fare gates: A glimpse into future of Singapore’s transport

Autonomous guided vehicles, hands-free fare gates: A glimpse into future of Singapore’s transport

A hands free fare gate on display at a technology showcase held in conjunction with the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting. (Photo: Tang See Kit)
SINGAPORE: Smart wheelchairs, autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) for the delivery of food and cargo documents, as well as a hands-free fare gate were some of the innovative ideas on display at a technology showcase held in conjunction with the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting on Thursday (Oct 12).Called the Future of Transport showcase, the technology initiatives provide a glimpse into Singapore’s vision for the future of air, land and sea transport.At ground-handling firm SATS, a food delivery AGV “Dolly” helps catering staff to move multiple food trolleys from the kitchens to the airport lounges in a single trip.
Each vehicle, which moves an average of 500m for one trip at a speed of up to 6kmh, can transport up to 500kg. Previously, six catering staff were required to move these food trolleys over the same distance three times a day.
“Dolly” has already been in operation at Changi Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 since June. It has been a boost to productivity, a manager at SATS Catering Mr Haja Alaudeenvajid told Channel NewsAsia.
In particular, the vehicle, which uses sensor technology, has helped to lighten the work load of older workers who may find it more difficult than their younger co-workers to move multiple food trolleys.
Next Generation Port at Tuas will leverage autonomous technology, data analytics and digital technology to increase efficiency, safety and security.
Source: CNA/nc