Norwegian airport operator Avinor is now taking the next step towards autonomous snow removal through a new framework agreement regarding the purchase of autonomous runway sweepers. The autonomous driving technology is developed by technology company Yeti Move AS, of which Semcon is a co-owner.
Since winter 2018/2019, several autonomous runway sweepers are being tested at Oslo Airport. With Avinor’s new framework agreement with snowplow manufacturer Øveraasen, which lasts for eight years, more autonomous vehicles will be put into operation during the winter of 2021/2022. Behind the autonomous vehicles is the technology company Yeti Move AS, which offers the control system that executes the autonomous operations. The majority owners of Yeti Move AS are Øveraasen, Husqvarna and Semcon.
Today, efficiency and automation are high on the agenda of airlines and airport operators around the world and the benefits of autonomous snow plows at airports are many. In addition to cost-effectiveness, the new technology means higher capacity and wider cleaning width, reducing the number of vehicles and thus achieving significant environmental benefits. The system is also developed with so-called “condition monitoring” that provides a complete description of the equipment status and possible service needs.
“The contract with Avinor is an important step in the development of Yeti Move and gives the company a world leading position in autonomous airport snow removal. This is the result of years of collaboration with Øveraasen as a machine supplier and Semcon as competent partner, ”says Peter Due, CEO of Yeti Move.
“Semcon has extensive experience in the development of autonomous solutions, from the first idea to the final solution. We have been part of the Yeti Moves journey from the beginning and we are proud to have contributed, as a development and competence partner, to the development of the software platform that makes autonomous operation possible ”, says Hans Peter Havdal, Head of Semcon in Norway.