Volvo Trucks FM Self-driving refuse truck. Volvo Group and Renova are testing an autonomous driving refuse truck.
Volvo Group and the Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, are testing n autonomously driving refuse truck for urban environment. The project explores how automation can contribute to enhanced traffic safety, improved working conditions and lower environmental impact.
This refuse truck is designed to make the driving safer in urban areas, not least when reversing. Sensors continuously monitor the vehicleís vicinity and the truck stops immediately if an obstacle appears in its path. The route is pre-programmed and the truck drives itself from one wheelie-bin to the next. The driver, who walks ahead of the reversing vehicle, can focus on refuse collection and does not have to climb into and out of the cab every time the truck moves to a new bin.
One important benefit of the new technology is a reduction in the risk of occupational injuries, such as wear in knee joints Ė otherwise a common ailment among staff working with refuse collection.
The autonomous truck also offers major environmental upsides. Gearchanging, steering and speed are constantly optimised for low fuel consumption and emissions.
The test will continue until end of 2017. The autonomous truck currently being tested is fitted with a sensor system for identification, navigation, and monitoring of the vehicleís vicinity. Most of this technology is also used in the autonomous truck for mining operations that Volvo Group unveiled in 2016. That self-driving truck is undergoing tests in the Kristineberg Mine in northern Sweden.
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