IEEE Spectrum Cars That Think http://spectrum.ieee.org/blog/cars-that-think IEEE Spectrum’s blog about the sensors, software, and systems that are making cars smarter, more entertaining, and ultimately, autonomous. recent content Mon, 22 May 2017 11:59:00 GMT Volvo Takes the Right First Step in Autonomous Garbage Collection http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/IeeeSpectrumCarsThatThink/~3/jyNMPiSThMc/volvo-takes-the-right-first-step-towards-autonomous-garbage-collection It's not particularly fancy or complicated, but adding basic autonomy to garbage trucks is an excellent idea It's not particularly fancy or complicated, but adding basic autonomy to garbage trucks is an excellent idea
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In September of 2015, Volvo announced that it was developing a robot designed to pick up trash bins and take them to a garbage truck. We were a little bit skeptical of that particular approach to the problem, but it's not the only angle that Volvo is taking towards autonomous refuse handling. Volvo Trucks has been testing a self-driving garbage truck in Sweden, designed to help humans do this dirty job more safely and more efficiently. It's not as slick as a team of little mobile robots that can pick up bins all by themselves, but it's a much more practical near-term solution towards solving the larger problem.