VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A&K Robotics, the autonomous micro-mobility company, today announced that its autonomous robotic gondolas are being tested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in conjunction with Southwest Airlines to help improve the travel experience of passengers with reduced mobility (PRM). A&K specializes in advanced navigation systems and has developed the industry’s first self-contained electric pods to safely transport people with reduced mobility through crowded places, such as airports and shopping malls, while avoiding obstacles and people. These self-contained modules allow travelers to navigate airports more easily and independently, whether it’s reaching gates or dining in restaurants.
PRMs are one of the fastest growing passenger groups in aviation. The most common request for a mobility aid comes from people who can normally walk short distances and climb stairs independently, but need transportation assistance to travel longer distances. For example, someone who has had knee surgery or an elderly passenger who cannot walk long distances.
“We were looking for advanced mobile robotics solutions to improve operations and found that A&K had the most advanced autonomous micromobility solution for PMR assistance,” said Jai Farrell, Deputy General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “It’s the first time we’ve tested robots at the start level and the results are very impressive. We look forward to expanding testing and possibly adding A&K’s modules to our existing PRM operations, making it easier for our passengers to navigate the airport.
A&K’s autonomous technology is being tested on the Atlanta airport’s departures level in Concourse C, in conjunction with Southwest Airlines. Known as the busiest in the world airport, it handles more than 100 million passengers a year.
“We designed our autonomous platform to positively impact the world, improve quality of life, and play a major role in shaping the future of transportation,” said Jessica Yip, COO, A&K Robotics. “To see our innovation being considered by Atlanta Airport to improve the travel experience for passengers with reduced mobility is exciting. We look forward to working with the Airport Authority and the South West team to provide the best possible experience for PRMs.
About A&K Robotics
A&K Robotics is focused on designing electric micro-mobility platforms and autonomous robotic modules to help improve quality of life and positively impact the environment. Its autonomous robots allow people with reduced mobility to travel and travel long distances in places such as airports, shopping malls and museums. Its unique platform is eco-friendly and designed with diversity in mind. To learn more, please visit https://www.aandkrobotics.com/.
About Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
ATL was the first airport in history to serve more than 100 million passengers in a calendar year and continues to top passenger numbers worldwide. In response to the current pandemic, Hartsfield-Jackson has pivoted to focus on implementing enhanced security protocols while maintaining efficiency and financial stability. The airport normally has a direct economic impact of $66 billion in the region. A frequent recipient of awards of excellence, ATL is recognized for its leadership in concessions, operations, sustainability, architectural engineering and construction. For more information, visit http://www.atl.com.
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