While Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks have nothing to do with each other nowadays, there are certain fields where they share common thoughts – such as the autonomous segment.
We do have a feeling the premium models from the Geely subsidiary would like to have nothing to do with this exact Volvo Trucks model – because we’re dealing here with a Refuse – a garbage truck. Though it’s now your ordinary run of the mill garbage truck – because Refuse is an autonomous truck. Volvo Trucks is working with Swedish waste management company Renova to put into the testing field this semi-autonomous garbage truck. The idea behind the concept is to have truck first time handled manually as the cameras map the route of a new area, with all sensors and GPS also working together. Next time it’s in the same area, it will know the route by hard.
With the semi-autonomous driving system activated, the driver can simply get out of the cabin and push a button mounted on the truck’s side to let it back up autonomously to the next trash can. This should enhance productivity – the driver won’t hop up and down for every trash bin – as well as safety, especially when maneuvering such a large vehicle on a tight and crowded street. It should also help improve fuel consumption, as the smart system will optimize gear changes, speed, and steering.