UID alumnus Simon Larsson awarded with a 2015 Spark Award

Simon Larsson graduated form the Bachelor programme in industrial design 2015. His thesis project, the ABT (Autonomous Baggage Train), has been chosen as one of the winners in the Spark Awards 2015 Transport category.

Spark Awards 2015 Simon Larsson

The ABT (Autonomous Baggage Train) is designed for transporting bags between the airport terminals and the airplanes and has the ability to load/unload the baggage with no manual handling needed. It removes 4 of the 6 manual lifting moments, shortens the waiting time for the passengers, reduces the wear on both baggage and the airport's baggage bands and contributes to a safer working environment.

The 10 week long thesis project was made in collaboration with Swedavia, TYA (Transportfackens Yrkes- och Arbetsmiljönämnd) and Aviator.
- Through my partners I have been able to spend relatively much time with baggage workers and people higher up in the hierarchy and I have received surprisingly positive feedback on my ideas from the leading groups of people in Sweden within this area. Swedavia are still interested in the concept and therefore there is a chance that the ABT could become reality, says Simon.

Simon Larsson is now working at the ÅF design studio in Gothenburg. To get more information about the project, contact him at: Simon_larsson_92@hotmail.comSee also a presentation of the project at the Spark Awards website
Or go to Simons blog: http://simonlarsson-sketchwall.blogspot.se/2015/07/handling-of-air-baggage.html