Fagernes Airport in Leirin, Norway, recently served as a test site for Yeti Snow Technology’s platoon of autonomous snowplows. If the testing proves successful, Yeti hopes to bring its technology to airports throughout the country.
Each snowplow is 18 feet (5.5 meters) wide by 66 feet (20 meters) long and can plow an 86-acre (350,000-square-meter) area in an hour. Moving in sync, they can be remotely deployed from an onsite storage facility and follow a pre-programmed route. For safety reasons, a human operator can monitor the fleet and take over the controls if necessary.
“Every minute a plane stands still is precious. We see great potential for gains in accessibility, but also for the environment and safety because the machine is self-driven,” said Hans Peter Havdal from Semcon, the Swedish technology firm that is backing the project, on the company’s website.