In an effort to explore how automation can enhance traffic safety, improve working conditions, and lower environmental impact, Volvo Group has teamed up with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova to test an autonomous garbage truck, as a part of a project to examine how this technology could potentially be used across the urban environment. The project between the two companies is set to last until the end of the year.
The autonomous garbage truck currently being tested is equipped with a sensor system for identification, navigation and to monitor the vehicle’s vicinity. The sensor system allows the vehicle to stop immediately if an obstacle appears suddenly in its path.
The vehicle’s route is pre-programmed, and it drives itself from one trash can to another, while the driver, who walks ahead of the reversing vehicle, collects the trash along the route.
A video of the vehicle in action can be seen here
“There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general,” says Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Group
“Our self-driving refuse truck is leading the way in this field globally, and one of several exciting autonomous innovations we are working with right now.”
Most of the technology that the autonomous garbage truck is equipped with is also included in an autonomous truck for mining operations that Volvo Group unveiled last year. That vehicle is undergoing tests in northern Sweden, in the Kristineberg Mine.
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