SEP 15, 2017 9:12 AM PDT

Are Self-Driving Garbage Trucks Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


Tesla is perhaps the best-known name for self-driving cars today, but other automobile manufacturers are also trying to join the race. Volvo is just one of them, and they've created a fully-autonomous garbage truck.

This truck can dodge other cars and avoid kids or other hazards that make their way into the road thanks to safety sensors all around the vehicle. It can drive itself around an entire route while just one sanitation worker walks closely behind the truck to dump garbage cans.

The concept is already being tested in Sweden, but it's unknown if or when the autonomous garbage trucks will make a worldwide appearance.

As cool as it sounds, the concept might have some burn-backs for humanity. Case in point, trash pickups are typically a two-person job, requiring a driver and a fetcher. This concept does away with this, making it a one-person job instead.

We're slowly closing in on a future where robots do most of our tedious work for us. It's both fascinating and scary, especially if you've seen the Terminator movies.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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