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AI-based boarding bridge inches closer to full automation

ShinMaywa's latest version moves to 10cm of plane doors without human assistance

ShinMaywa Industries' automated passenger boarding bridge at Tokushima Awaodori Airport in Japan. The bridge uses AI to position itself as close as 10cm to airplane doors.

TOKYO -- Japan's ShinMaywa Industries has developed technology that uses artificial intelligence to automatically position passenger boarding bridges as close as 10cm to aircraft doors, significantly closer than existing bridges.

The technology is expected to help airports deal with a shortage of ground staff as the new bridges do not require highly skilled operators.

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