Video: Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

Joint project by Volvo Group and Swedish waste specialist Renova tests autonomous waste disposal vehicle for safer and more efficient operations in urban environments.

In its latest self-driving vehicle project, the Volvo Group, together with Swedish waste specialist Renova, is testing the potential of deploying autonomous garbage trucks in urban environments.

The waste compaction vehicle is designed to make waste collection operations in built-up areas safer, by automating the movement of such vehicles down a street, and easier for its operators, by allowing its drivers to remain disembarked as they collect and deliver waste bins to the vehicle.

“One important benefit of the new technology is a reduction in the risk of occupational injuries, such as wear in knee joints – otherwise a common ailment among staff working with refuse collection,” explained Lars Stenqvist, chief technology officer for the Volvo Group.

“Our self-driving refuse truck is one of several exciting autonomous innovations we are working with right now, and one way in which we are pioneering in this field.”

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