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(Video) How does the "Taxibot" work..IAI developed with Airbus and TLD an innovative new towbarless towing tractor concept – the TaxiBot (Taxiing Robot). TaxiBot is a semi-autonomous vehicle that enables airplane taxiing without engines running, controlled by the pilot and without shortening NLG life time. A proprietary TaxiBot-aircraft NLG interface mechanism provides pilot steering capability, using the airplane's existing controls in the cockpit. Taxiing speed is controlled by the pilot using the A/C brakes. The TaxiBot… (youtu.be) More...
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I seem to recall seeing an article that said they were going to put an electric drive into the nose wheels that would achieve the fuel savings without having to clutter the place up with a bunch of driverless tractors.
here is a youtube video on the Wheel Tug System https://youtu.be/vfueF1iQrz4
This is amazing! Can't wait to see it everywhere and show the world aviation cares about the environment in a more explicit way
Dang! Tremendous savings and less stress on pilots concerned about fuel planning especially in bad weather situations..delays, deicing , etc..
Lol. Who's going to foot that bill? Nope
or google "Wheel Tug" and other competitors