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Volvo ROAR Project Takes out the Trash

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Volvo is working on a slick autonomous vehicle project with a Swedish refuse company that is aiming to automate the task of picking up your trash and taking it to the truck for dumping. The process needs a human driver for the truck (for now) and otherwise the process of picking up the can, schlepping it to the truck, and dumping it is automated.


The modified truck has a platform on the back where the ROAR robot rides. In the air is a quadrotor drone that has LIDAR, GPS and other sensors that help the land drone avoid obstacles and find its way to trash bins. The ROAR itself has sensors aboard to precisely guide it to the bin and pick it up.

It seems to work well, though it might have some trouble hunting down Colin Furze’s garbage. I can see a future iteration for this project that could see completely automated refuse handling including an autonomous truck that drives around on its own.