Volvo truck collects rubbish like you've never seen before
Volvo has joined forces with waste management company Renova to build an autonomous rubbish truck.
The aim of what is a pilot programme, is for safer, more efficient refuse handling and a better working environment for drivers.
The company says its trucks will lower the environmental impact of waste collection.
The technology sees the truck driven manually through the collection route the first time with sensors and GPS mapping it. On any following visit, the mapping system will guide the truck which will also have the stops recorded meaning the operator can switch to autonomous model, climb out, walk along with the truck and put the rubbish in as normal.
On operator command, the truck will reverse from bin stop to bin stop and has sensors to stop the vehicle if it detects obstacles. It will even reverse around objects like parked cars.
Reversing down the street isn't ideal in every situation, and Volvo is working on a solution for that. But the company claims the truck is safe while driving in any direction, since its sensors and cameras cover a 360-degree area around the truck.
The companies hope that the truck will reduce operator strain from the constant climbing in and out of vehicles.