Unlike aircraft, airports rarely receive new safety systems. Apart from runway incursion monitoring in the early 2000s—and runway status lights more recently (also against runway incursions)—the set of safety nets that could help air traffic control (ATC), pilots and drivers of ground vehicles in a European airport’s environment has not seen fresh additions in a long time. The good news is that ongoing research projects may improve the picture in the near to medium term. ...

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