MOVUS

AUTONOMOUS AIRPORT CARGO VEHICLE

PROTECT YOUR PRECIOUS CARGO.

CONCEPT DESIGN

2022

 


 

OVERVIEW

THE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMING BAGGAGE HANDLING.

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According to a recent study by aviation tech company SITA, 24% of luggage was mishandled (damaged, delayed, lost, or stolen) in 2021. The air transport industry’s annual bill for mishandled bags was $600 million in 2020. Mishandling occurs mainly due to human errors, which can be replaced by the AI-based tagging systems. Activities associated with the manual handling of baggage and cargo onto and off aircraft present many potential risks which could easily result in injury if care is not taken. Wherever there is a risk associated with potential hazards related to manual handling then injury to the ground handlers involved in these tasks become possible.

 

Movus is an electrical autonomous cargo vehicle carrying any cargo including the luggages inside the airport apron area between the baggage handling system (BHS) and the airplane. Movus enhances the safety, hygiene and luggage mishandling measures and brings better control on the transportation of air-cargos. As an electric vehicle, Movus creates a lower carbon footprint over the course of its lifetime than do cars and trucks that use traditional, internal combustion engines. Additionally the total emission per mile for battery-powered Movus is lower than comparable cars with internal combustion engines. Adaptations of Movus into the airport facilities brings advantage on low carbon and low emission measures in long-term. 

NEW TECHNOLOGY

FULL AUTOMATION THROUGH SENSORS AND AI.

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Movus transfers the luggages between baggage handling system and airplane for loading & unloading. Depending on the amount of the luggages to be carried, AI system automatically decides the number of Movus units to be used.  If any additional capacity is needed, a new Movus joins to the operation through vehicle to vehicle protocol immediately.

 

By it’s proprietary Smart Routing Algorithm, MOVUS autonomously navigates inside the airport apron area. Smart Routing Algorithm includes two lidar sensors located on the top of the vehicle, which sense the depth and distance and another two stereo cameras on the front to improve the short-distance image processing which helps avoiding any obstacles.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

DESIGN DNA: “BOLD DISTINCTION”

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When we decided to design an electric vehicle for a specific usage scenario of carrying the cargo, we started our process by conducting an extensive research on emerging trends in autonomous functional vehicles in the market. The findings of the research led us to 4 major approaches which we named as:

UNIBODY
ROBOTIC
ONLY-PLATFORM
STORAGE BOX

Considering the essential needs of the transporting the luggages and airplane cargo, only-platform approach first seemed to be the most suitable one. However, since one of the key functions of the vehicle is UV sanitising to reduce the harmful viruses, we needed an isolated storage area on top. So we decided to continue with a complete vehicle design but still wanted to visually distinguish the platform, which contains the necessary internal structure to power and drive the vehicle, from the container, which executes the main purpose of the vehicle. 

INTERIOR DESIGN

ENHANCED SAFETY, HYGIENE & LUGGAGE HANDLING

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DRIVING TECHNOLOGY

The driving technology of Movus delivers power to the wheels through 4 electric motors located in the hub of the wheels, directly and independently driving the vehicle. The chassis of Movus accommodates 3 solid-state battery modules. Having more stable electrolyte structure, solid-state batteries enhance the overall safety, store higher energy, perform faster charging times and have smaller form factor in weight and size.

INTERIOR COMPARTMENTS

The interior has 3 layered cargo compartment with adjustable loading / unloading door structure on both sides. During the operation, the door is positioned to the current layer to transfer the luggages. Connected to the main frame, the door is operated by linear actuators. The cargo compartments inside has a modular conveyor system which helps positioning of any size of cargo or luggage easily and increases the efficiency on each layer to maximum. The modularity is provided by triangular modules with 3 omni-wheels positioned 120 degree from each other. To move the luggage into the desired place, the omni-wheels rotate in clockwise or counter-clockwise directions.

The integrated barcode scanners on top of each layer scan the airline barcodes and provide simultaneous status information to the luggage owners and baggage operators which eliminates the risk of the lost baggage and enhances the security.

SAFETY & HYGIENE MEASURES

COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically showed the importance of hygiene measures in public transportation. When the loading / unloading is completed, MOVUS seals the doors. After isolating the interior, a total of 48 UV-C lamps (16 lamps on each layer) positioned are activated and sterilize the luggages and interiors to help eliminating the number of bacteria, viruses, or fungi to a desired concentration, reducing the risk of global-level epidemic situations in the future.