ROAR: Joint Project to Develop a Robot for Refuse-Handling

The Volvo Group is working on a joint venture together with Chalmers University of Technology and Mälardalen University in Sweden, Penn State University in the United States, and the waste recycling company Renova to develop a robot that interacts with the refuse truck and its driver to accomplish the work.

This activity will continue until June 2016, when the technology will be tested on a vehicle.

As reported, the project is called ROAR, for Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling, and the goal is to introduce a robot that, with the help of instructions from a truck’s operating system, can collect refuse bins in a neighborhood, bring them to a refuse truck and empty them. According to the Volvo Group, this occurs under the supervision of the refuse truck’s driver, who can thereby avoid heavy lifting. “The purpose of ROAR is to demonstrate how we, in the very near future, will use smart machines to assist with a broad range of activities in society,” the carmaker notes. “This technology can be applied in many areas.  Refuse collection is just one example.”

Illustration: Adrian Wirén, Mälardalens Högskol; Source: Volvo