Following a commercial feasibility study with Emirates Airline, Westfield have created, with Heathrow, a specification/design for an electric inwheel powered autonomous cargo pod that is able to take aircraft akes(baggage containers) and ULDs (Unit Loading Device containers) all using the same self-powered platform.
This will decrease the emissions airside (currently using red diesel), reduce delays at airports by automating the landside to airside security check and increase utilisation of vehicles by minimising charging time using an advanced carbon ion hybrid power plant and fast charge system. The vehicle will be equipped with an AI control system that will optimise the use of Lithium and Carbon Ion power.
This is a new project starting in Oct 2020, working with Cranfield University.
Further updates will be included as the project progresses.