Extended Reality Possibilities in the Airport Environment

Extended reality (XR) is the umbrella term for immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR). AR blends the real world with a digital world, virtual reality immerses the user in a digital world, and MR is a mix of both. XR is a great way to put written concepts into some type of visualization. The military has been using XR in certain applications to improve efficiency, safety, and productivity. Airlines are using XR to help train flight attendants and aviation mechanics and as an entertainment option for their passengers. The number of applications and industries where XR can provide benefits is growing. XR used in other industries may also apply in the airport environment for airport operators. The benefits can be internal (e.g., used by employees in their day-to-day work or in training) or external (e.g., used by passengers and other stakeholders). Further research is needed to identify what immersive technologies could be most useful to airport operators.  The objective of this project is to develop a report on the potential applications of XR at airports for airport operators. The report shall address, at a minimum, the following topics: (1) Categories of XR with their benefits, disadvantages, and best-use applications; (2) Present and future potential applications; (3) Different applications for internal and external use; (4) Uses in other industries that have applicability at U.S. airports, with case studies; (5) Uses of XR outside the United States; (6) Integration with other airport systems; (7) Barriers to use; (8) Current demand analysis for internal and external applications; (9) A case study of an airport use inside or outside the United States; and (10) An executive summary of the potential uses of XR.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 07-26

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Start Date: 20240205
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01889756
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 07-26
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2023 6:59AM