Volvo Group plans to build garbage-collecting robot

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Global manufacturer Volvo Group on Wednesday said it is looking into developing a robot that would collect refuse and spare truck drivers heavy lifting.

The truck's operating system would instruct a robot developed by Volvo together with Swedish and American researchers to pick up bins and empty them into the garbage truck, the company said in a press release.

"Within Volvo Group we foresee a future with more automation," said Per-Lage Gotvall, project leader for the Volvo Group. "This project provides a way to stretch the imagination and test new concepts to shape transport solutions for tomorrow."

Three universities - Chalmers University of Technology and Malardalen University in Sweden, as well as Penn State University in the United States - have joined the company to design the robot, as well as the waste-recycling company Renova.

Students at Chalmers will develop the operating system that will control the robot, while the research team in the United States will develop the graphics, communication system and the driver's control panel, the company said.

The robot is set to be tested in June 2016. Endit

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