Driverless vehicles arrive at Changi Airport to ease manpower crunch

Trials on autonomous vehicles on the tarmac taking off to help ease manpower crunch

An autonomous vehicle with a container trailer at Changi Airport, on May 14, 2018.
An autonomous vehicle with a container trailer at Changi Airport, on May 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Director of Red Dot Robotics Joseph Lew demonstrating features of an autonomous guided vehicle at Changi Airport, on May 14, 2018.
Director of Red Dot Robotics Joseph Lew demonstrating features of an autonomous guided vehicle at Changi Airport, on May 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
An autonomous guided vehicle on its way to pick up the container trailer of an aircraft at Changi Airport, on May 14, 2018.
An autonomous guided vehicle on its way to pick up the container trailer of an aircraft at Changi Airport, on May 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
A driverless caddy used for cargo documents delivery between Sats airfreight terminals and the aircraft, on May 14, 2018.
A driverless caddy used for cargo documents delivery between Sats airfreight terminals and the aircraft, on May 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
The automation trial hopes to show how airside transport needs can be safely met from a much smaller pool of autonomous vehicles.
The automation trial hopes to show how airside transport needs can be safely met from a much smaller pool of autonomous vehicles. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Singapore's big push for autonomous vehicles has landed at Changi, so that the airport can continue to grow amid a manpower crunch that will become more severe.

Across various industries, including port and public transport operations, plans are already in the pipeline for driverless vehicles to do more.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline 'Driverless vehicles arrive at Changi Airport'. Subscribe