Volvo Trucks has joined focus with the Renova to begin testing the autonomous ...
Volvo Trucks has joined focus with the Renova to begin testing the autonomous garbage truck in Sweden.
Based on a Volvo FM 330, this autonomous truck uses GPS and lidar sensors for mapping, and positioning, and scanning of the area around the vehicle.
The first time this truck travels to the new area, it is driven manually so the route can be mapped and recorded. When this truck returns to the location, it knows which route to follow, which houses to stop at.
When this garbage truck is making its first pickup, well, the waste management employee exits a cab, collects the garbage can, empties it as usual. The employee then hits the button on the truck, signaling it to travel to a next stop.
This truck drives in reverse so the employee can remain close to the compactor and have the full view of what is happening when the truck is moving.
While this would be complicated for the human to do, Volvo says with autonomous technology driving is equally safe and no matter the direction in which the vehicle is moving.
This autonomous garbage truck promises several advantages including reduced employee fatigue and as well as lower fuel consumption and emissions as automated system optimizes gear changes and speed.
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