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Ford Launchpad for Innovative Technologies and Entrepreneurship (FLITE)

We’re taking FLITE to reach our destination of integrating autonomous vehicles and smarter mobility into airport operations

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

Stantec GenerationAV™ is helping drive the next generation of mobility for a smoother airport experience

Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology at airports is taking off. In a first-of-its-kind program, we’re working with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) and other innovation-driven companies and start-ups to study, design, develop, and test complex airport-oriented mobility solutions. The goal? Improving the way people get around in airports. 

We’re participating as advisors and sponsors in an ongoing pilot program—the Ford Launchpad for Innovative Technologies and Entrepreneurship (FLITE) program—testing and integrating innovative AV technology in a live, working airport environment. The GRR Airport Innovation Lab will include different solutions in each phase of the program. As AV advisors, our Stantec GenerationAV™ team is providing our experience in AV planning and deployment, including safety verification. We’ve also established an advisory committee of airport subject matter experts from the US, Canada, and Australia to provide guidance and evaluation of the technology applications in development.

In testing and validating emerging AV technologies in a controlled setting, we’re paving the way for investment opportunities. The program will act as magnet, attracting local and global technologies to advance the passenger experience—the sky’s the limit!

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  • State of Michigan
  • Gerald R. Ford Int'l Airport
  • Southwest Airlines

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