All Nippon Airways (ANA), will test autonomous RakuRo™ mobility assistance solutions at Tokyo Narita International Airport from Feb. 27-28. Designed by ZMP Inc., these advanced prototypes are designed to streamline transportation and making it easier for passengers to navigate Narita Airport.
“ANA is continuously looking for ways to harness the latest breakthroughs to streamline travel for all passengers,” said Juichi Hirasawa, Senior Vice President of ANA. “No matter their needs, ANA is committed to finding solution that work for everyone who chooses to fly with us. This is born out of our desire to constantly raise the bar for service.“
Because Narita is such a large airport, the solutions are ideal for those who may find it difficult to walk long distances, such as passengers traveling with small children or heavy baggage. The RakuRo™ autonomous mobility solution takes passengers to their selected destination, including boarding gates, duty free shops, and restaurants.
The tests are part of an initiative from Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to boost startups and help apply innovative technology in daily life. The tests will be done by ANA, ZMP and officials from Narita International Airport Corporation to make sure that the RakuRo™ are technically equipped to help passengers with transportation.
ANA understands the importance of offering customized solutions to its passengers, and will continue looking for ways to reduce barriers to travel in order to improve the entire travel experience.