pcmag.com - 4 days ago
Volvo's Self-Driving Garbage Truck Wants Your Trash
The garbage industry is going high tech, with the help of Volvo.
The automaker this week debuted an autonomous garbage truck it said has the potentail to reduce emissions and increase safety in the industry. Volvo is currently testing the vehicle with the help of Swedish waste management and recycling company Renova, and said it may one day be used across urban environments. Volvo's automated garbage truck can navigate obstacles more accurately than humans, since it never gets distracted or stressed. With its many cameras and sensors, the truck also has a better view of the road than a human would. Sensors continuously monitor the area around the truck, which will stop immediately if an obstacle (like a rogue basketball from the neighborhood kids' game) suddenly appears in its path. The autonomous garbage truck shouldn't eliminate the need for human workers (you don't want one of these situations). Instead, the two will work in tandem—the human focused on trash collection, and the vehicle focused on driving, Volvo said.
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