KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be testing Care-E, a self-driving robot trolley at the JFK airport in New York and at the San Francisco International, sometime this year.
The tiny, bright blue Care-E will be meeting you at the security checkpoint and it will prompt you to scan your boarding pass. You can place your carry-on luggage on its back and he will walk along with you to your boarding gate. Just keep in mind it only goes at the dazzling speed of 3mph, so if you are in a hurry, you might have to resist the cuteness and walk by yourself.
The company will still be testing the robot for a while before they decide if they will provide the service at other airports, so for the moment Care-E will be free to use with a two-day demo trial.
It is not fully functional yet and KLM is expecting to launch it either at the end of this month or in August, though there is not set date and, if the software is not up to their standards, the launch might be delayed for a while longer. So if you want to meet the bright blue assistant, make sure to check the updates, but we’re sure he will be around pretty soon.