The WingWatch System


Every week, somewhere in the world, a commercial aircraft has an accident while manoeuvring on the ground.  The total cost of these accidents is estimated at €5 Billion per year. WingWatch is an obstacle detection and collision warning system aimed at allowing large vehicles such as aircraft to manoeuvre safely.  It is based on patented technology using sensors in the aircraft fuselage and associated robotics software to automatically detect obstacles and warn the pilots of potential collisions.  The project will develop a platform technology in vehicle manoeuvring applicable to a range of vehicles.

Contact Information for Licensing & Partnerships:

Dr John Whelan, TrinityResearch &Innovation +35318963269


Principal Investigator:

Dr GerardLacey, Graphics Vision and Visualization Group, TCD +353 1 896 1410


Peter Redmond, Graphics Vision and Visualization Group, TCD

Dr Joan Cahill, Aerospace Psychology Research Group, TCD

Willie Butler, Pilot, AerLingus


Technology Licensed to CMC Electronics Jan 2012

Featured in Sunday Business Post 17-Oct-2010

Featured on Mooney Show on RTE Radio 20-Oct-2010 (interview starts at 1:09)

Irish Times - Best Inventions of 2010

Discovery Channel (+ Pete’s work on RuBot)- (starts at 9:42 sec)

Preventing Aircraft Ground Collisions

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