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Automated airport buggy

Get to the gate with the minimum fuss or effort
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It's difficult for the old and infirm to get around today's big airports, especially with luggage. At the airport you can get a lift in an electric buggy, but it's rare because they require a human driver.

I suggest fleets of 1~4 seat automated buggies that follow preset paths to move people to the gate efficiently. At the check-in the traveller swipes his/her boarding pass that tells the buggy the boarding time and route to the gate. There is an touch screen map of the airport with screen-buttons for going to the gate, stopping at the bathroom, duty free, lounge etc.

At each stop, the buggy checks you have taken all your belongings, reminds you how long you have before you need to hail another buggy and bids you farewell, freeing itself for a new user or returning to home base or a new location as instructed by the central control system.

For very long distances, buggies could drive onto special monorail trains or pull up at the station and allow the traveller to travel alone.

FloridaManatee, Jun 03 2004

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       Great except if someones in the way. You need to add a safety feature so th buggy doesn't run over the people that you're trying to help.   

       Automated Airport Croissant for you!
DesertFox, Jun 03 2004
  

       With delays being what they are these days it might be an idea to ride the buggy all the way to your destination!
dobtabulous, Jun 03 2004
  

       Using a buggy like this? (link)
david_scothern, Jun 07 2004
  
      
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