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Volvo trials autonomous waste truck

Volvo Trucks, in partnership with Swedish waste management company Renova, is currently testing and researching how automated vehicles can improve safety, make trash collection more efficient and reduce driver injury.

The company’s latest video titled, Volvo Trucks - Refuse handling like you've never seen it before, shows the truck travelling slowly, continuously monitoring its surroundings and stopping if the vehicle’s sensors detect any potential obstacles.

“Driving a heavy commercial vehicle in an urban residential area with narrow streets and vulnerable road users naturally imposes major demands on safety, even when the vehicle's speed doesn't exceed a normal walking pace,” said Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic & Product Safety Director, Volvo Trucks.

“The refuse truck we are now testing continuously monitors its surroundings and immediately stops if an obstacle suddenly appears on the road. At the same time, the automated system creates better prerequisites for the driver to keep a watchful eye on everything that happens near the truck.”

According to Volvo Trucks, since the automated systems optimise gear changes, steering and speed, fuel consumption and emissions can also be reduced.

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