Taoyuan airport to try out driverless shuttle service in 2020

11/26/2019 07:11 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Taoyuan International Airport will test a driverless shuttle service in the outdoor parking lot of Terminal 2 next year as part of an initiative to increase airport automation, a spokesman for the company that runs the airport said Tuesday.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Corp. spokesman Lee Jian-kuo (李建國) said the government wants to transform the airport into a "smart" facility, and self check-in kiosks, self bag-drop services and e-Gate immigration clearance services have already been launched to help achieve the goal.

In 2020, tests will start on the self-driving shuttle in collaboration with the car industry.

Travelers who left their cars in the terminal's outdoor parking lot will be able, upon their return to Taiwan, to enter their license plate number in the shuttle and then have it take them and their luggage directly to where their car is parked, Lee said.

The shuttle will not initially be available for use in Terminal 2's two-story underground parking lot.

In the future, the airport also plans to use facial recognition technology to facilitate checking in and boarding, Lee said.

It remains unclear, however, when testing on the technology will begin because the airport still needs to discuss the project with the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the National Immigration Agency, according to Lee.

(By Wang Shu-feng and Evelyn Kao)


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