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Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:12 am

Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

An airport in Norway has been cleared of snow by completely autonomous snowploughs, and it could help reduce airport delays.

The technology uses 4G communications and GPS to allow retrofitted machines to navigate around runways. The 5.5 metre wide vehicles are capable of clearing 357,500 square metres an hour, and can work in formation with several other snowploughs at once, further increasing their efficiency.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ5uc5wMY1g
 
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:26 pm

Wow! Haven't watched the video yet but this sounds awesome!
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:40 pm

Cool video. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:57 pm

I bet many airports or their contracted snowplowing companies would love this to significantly labor costs. An airport is not a public street so might be a good place for autonomous snowplowing vehicles. You would still need drivers operating the plows for areas close to terminals and aircraft, but for the basic runway plowing, should work fine.
 
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:12 pm

That's Leirin Airport in Valdres! Very beautiful! And very quiet these days after the only scheduled flight they had stopped flying there.
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:29 pm

I think they just fitted an iRobot Roomba to the snowplow's controls! :biggrin:
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:56 pm

Driveless snowplows are nothing new at Heathrow, 2014.

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Not a driver to be seen. :rotfl: :rotfl:
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:39 pm

Am I missing something? It's cool that we can do this, but how does this actually reduce delays? Are these plows inherently more time-efficient than when operated by people, or is it just that you don't need to keep a staff on standby?
 
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:28 pm

NameOmitted wrote:
Am I missing something? It's cool that we can do this, but how does this actually reduce delays? Are these plows inherently more time-efficient than when operated by people, or is it just that you don't need to keep a staff on standby?


there's going to be some "utilization" improvement in that employee breaks, biological needs are eliminated, but mostly - yes, the greatly reduced need for qualified plow drivers on standby is pretty big.
 
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Re: Driverless Snowplows Are Clearing Runways In Norway

Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:23 pm

NameOmitted wrote:
Am I missing something? It's cool that we can do this, but how does this actually reduce delays? Are these plows inherently more time-efficient than when operated by people, or is it just that you don't need to keep a staff on standby?



It is just like some airports are currently operated by remote towers. Less people needed for the operation.

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