Friday, 23 June 2017

Autonomous Refuse Trucks debut in the UK

Volvo Group has debuted an autonomous Refuse Truck to help speed up delivery and improve safety and environmental concerns.

Developed in collaboration with recycling firm Renova, the truck is driven manually the first time to ‘learn’ the route with the help of sensors and GPS. Thereafter, on entering a mapped area the next time, it knows which route to follow and at which bins it needs to stop.

At the first stop, with the automated system activated, the driver climbs out of the cab, goes to the rear of the truck, brings out the wheelie-bin and empties it as normal. When the operation is completed, the truck automatically reverses to the next bin upon the driver’s command.
The driver walks the same route as the truck to have a full view of what is happening in the direction of travel. Reversing, rather than driving forwards, enables the driver to remain closer to the compactor during collections.
Volvo said the self-driving truck aims to reduce the risks associated with reversing an HGV in urban areas, even when fitted with cameras. Sensors continuously monitor the vehicle’s vicinity and the truck stops immediately if an obstacle suddenly appears in its path, or if the driver activates the emergency stop function.
This is reproduced from an article in Motor Transport magazine. For the full details see THIS item.

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