Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal assistant to make travel a little easier? Someone to carry your luggage, guide you through the terminal, and point you in the right direction? Well, KLM’s new Wall-E-like robot is at your service. The bright-blue robot, called Care-E, is programmed to lead you to your gate and carry your luggage and will be tested at JFK and San Francisco airports this summer.
How does it work? Easy. Just toss your bags onto its trolly-like caboose, leaving you free to wander the airport luggage-free. It will even wait dutifully for you as you use the bathroom, or stop for a meal at a restaurant.
To secure your own Care-E — which will be waiting for your just after security — scan your boarding pass by holding it up to the robot’s RGB-D Camera, stack your luggage (up to 85 pounds), and follow the robot to your gate. Care-E communicates using a series of nonverbal sounds, like R2-D2, and moves at the leisurely pace of three miles per hour. And you won’t have to worry about it crashing into other travelers, as Care-E’s sensors allow for “peripheral collision avoidance.”
Here’s a preview of Care-E in action:
H/T: Condé Nast Traveler