Swiss Robot, COVID, Planes
Robots Using UV Light to Sanitize Aircraft
Test Trials Now Underway
Swiss startup UVeya is testing its new robots armed with COVID-19 killing UV light on Swiss passenger planes at Zurich Airport. The test trials are taking place onboard Embraer jets from Helvetic Airways. Helvetic is a charter airline service, owned by Swiss billionaire Martin Ebner. In 2020, Hevetic's business dropped 75% due to fears of flying because of COVID-19. The hope is that the robot cleaners will reduce people's fear of flying as COVID continues to spread. The target for the robot is the airline industry.
Antidote to COVID on Planes
One UVeya robot can disinfect a single aisle plane in thirteen minutes. Larger planes take longer. The company has produced three robot prototypes. The robots are priced starting at $15,930. They may enjoy a brisk business as governments around the world are requiring new measures to ensure people don't get infected with COVID on planes. The UVeya trials at Zurich Airport are in collaboration with Dubai-based airport services company Dnata. They call the robots sustainable and environmentally friendly.
UVeya CEO Elmiger
UVeya CEO Jodoc Elmiger says that UV technology has proven successful for more than 50 years at sanitizing hospitals and laboratories of dangerous viruses and bacteria. His new robots with their COVID killing ultraviolet lights move along the plane's aisles and bathe the interior in blue UV light. He says the UV robots do not leave a trace of residue after their job is done. UVeya now needs certification from aircraft manufacturers to start selling the new robots for airplane use.