Volvo Tests Autonomous Garbage Truck for Use in Cities


Last year, a huge uproar was experienced in the states when a trash collector truck accidentally mowed down two small kids while reversing his truck. On being questioned by the authorities, the driver clearly recalled that he didn’t see those kids playing as he was trying to take a reverse by looking in side mirrors. It’s only when he felt the back tire shake, he noticed that he had accidentally killed them.

Many of us might just think that it’s one of those unfortunate event and feel sad for those poor kids but in reality, such cases are still being noticed on a large scale. However, to put an end to such human errors, a reputed group of industries named Volvo group has successfully transformed this garbage truck into an autonomous garbage truck by collaborating with a Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova.

While the prototype of automated trucks is still in the process of its development, one cannot deny the impeccable solution it has in store for all the issues faced in cities by garbage collecting trucks.

What’s so special about these Autonomous Garbage Trucks?

Developed as a self-driving machine for garbage collection in cities, Volvo’s autonomous garbage trucks are equipped with sensors. On coming in contact with any object or obstacle near the truck’s vicinity, the truck immediately stops; avoiding collision or any kind of mishaps.

Its automated gears and system management, reduces the harmful emissions from trucks, proving useful in not only reducing pollution but also in increasing truck’s efficiency through reduced fuel consumption. Likewise, these trucks are formed with the idea to reduce the majority of occupational hazards.

Unlike the used garbage trucks for sale in Florida, where you manually need to multi-task with waste collection as well as truck management, these new trucks simplify your entire work through automation. Perhaps, such trucks make it easy for truck drivers to multitask.

Well, understanding its productivity of these trucks, Volvo group has also suggested the use of such trucks not just as mere garbage collectors but also to introduce them in mining operations.

Considering the efficiency and the features of Volvo’s automated trucks, a success in this prototype is certainly going to be profitable for waste managers and recycle dealers. Although the hidden potential of waste markets is known only to a few, the advent of such autonomous technology will prove as a major game changer opening in a new window for more to entire these waste markets.

While the product is still in its testing phase, it has a long battle with legal formalities and shortcomings to overcome before it finally hits the cities as an automated garbage truck. For now, all we can do is hope that Volvo’s brainchild in collaboration with Swedish recycling specialist clears all the hurdles to make it easy for garbage collectors who work around the clock, manually handling the entire process. In Asia, specially all top automakers in India, Mahindra, Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Maruti Suzuki have started trials in the past one year. Apart from Tata, car makers such as Maruti Suzuki Car are not ready to disclose plans of their successes with autonomous technology. India is far behind to manufacture the autonomous car because of increased manufacturing cost. Maruti Suzuki launched the AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox, a new gear technology for automatic cars that was marginally more expensive, less than 1% of cars sold in India were automatic. Today, they make for 5% for car purchases here.  Hope in near future we will see more autonomous technology research and implementation in automobile industry to reduce the mishap.