Volvo’s ROAR robots will take all the heavy, smelly lifting out of trash collection

« Imagine a robot that quietly and discreetly enters your neighborhood. » This is not the prelude to a new cautionary tale about the inevitable rise of the machines, but rather the opener to Volvo’s press release announcing a new joint venture for the development of autonomous trash-collecting robots. These two-wheeled bots — who in their present conceptual stage look like cousins of Disney’s Wall-E — will « collect your refuse bin and empty it into the refuse truck … without waking the sleeping families and without heavy lifting for the refuse truck’s driver, » says the Swedish company.

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The Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling (ROAR) project is…

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