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Volvo Tests Self-driving Refuse Truck in Urban Environment

| May 18, 2017

 Volvo Tests Self-driving Refuse Truck in Urban Environment

Volvo Group, together with Swedish waste and recycling specialists Renova, is reportedly testing an autonomous refuse truck that has the potential to be used across the urban environment.

The project explores how automation can contribute to enhanced traffic safety, improved working conditions and lower environmental impact.

Volvo Group’s autonomous refuse truck is designed to make the driving safer in built-up areas, not least when reversing. Sensors continuously monitor the vehicle’s vicinity and the truck stops immediately if an obstacle suddenly 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.

The autonomous truck also offers major environmental upsides. Gear-changing, steering and speed are constantly optimized for low fuel consumption and emissions.

The joint project with Renova will continue until end of 2017.

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