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Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Travel: This Little Robot Checks Your Bags For You

Meet Leo, the robot that works at an airport.

The Points GuyJuly 19th 2016

When you’re at the airport, one of the most time-consuming tasks — besides waiting in extremely long TSA security checkpoint lines — is the process of checking a bag. There can be anything from long lines to get to the counter to issues with weight (and having to remove that extra pair of shoes from your bag) — not to mention the checked bag fees, which can be fairly easy to avoid.

But now, there may be a possible solution to your checked baggage woes — in the form of a robot. The bot’s name is Leo, and it’s currently being tested out at Geneva Airport (GVA) to take care of everything required to check your bags. It’ll approach you outside the terminal, you’ll enter your flight details, put your bag inside of it, and it’ll print you out a luggage tag and then deliver your bag straight to the security screeners.

Watch the full video, below:

Leo can transport two suitcases (up to 32kg) at a time, and is programmed to avoid obstacles (including people) in its path. The Swiss company behind Leo, SITA, believes this new technology is the future of robotics in airports, but it’s not clear if it’s going to be used at any airports other than Geneva in the near future.

It seems like a neat idea, but there are sure to be kinks in the technology that SITA will have to work out before anything like this becomes widely available.

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