September 20, 2022

CIMC bridge 400x275A driverless boarding bridge has been officially put into operation at China’s Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which was made by Shenzhen-based CIMC Tianda Holding Co Ltd. The intelligent equipment features an advanced cabin door recognition and positioning system, which can transmit information instantly to the artificial intelligence-based autonomous control system.

The new bridge takes just over 50 seconds to finish the entire process of docking between the boarding bridge and an aircraft, which is significantly shorter than the traditional way, which normally takes three minutes on average. Manual docking processes completed by humans, who work on the operating floor of boarding bridges, can result in high error rates that affect flight safety and operating efficiency at airports. With hundreds of boarding bridges at major airports that are far away from each other, drivers often have to move around from bridge to bridge. CIMC said the driverless device reduces the workload of personnel and cuts airports’ operating costs, as well as promoting the construction of more automated and smart airports.

“It is a milestone product for the passenger boarding bridge sector and represents the highest intelligence level so far,” said Zheng Zuhua, managing director of CIMC-Tianda. “The application of driverless boarding bridges at home and overseas has cemented the company's leading role in the sector. Research and development standards of the company's products will become the world's standards. There is still a lot of room for imagination in the future of smart airports."

Other Chinese cities, including the southern metropolis of Shenzhen and norteatern Harbin, have begun to introduce driverless boarding bridges at their airports. CIMC-Tiana said a number of overseas airports are also considering the technology.

The world’s first driverless boarding bridge was launched by CIMC-Tianda at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands three years ago, and the company said the equipment has maintained zero failure.

For more details on the company, visit the CIMC-Tianda website here.