Watch this drone-guided robot empty the trash

A group of college students has developed a drone-controlled robot capable of identifying and emptying trash cans. The robot was created under Volvo’s Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling (ROAR) project, which the Swedish automaker announced last year. Students from three universities collaborated with Volvo and the waste management company Renova to develop the system over the course of four months, before unveiling it today.

Under their prototype system, the trash-collecting robot is attached to the back of a garbage truck, with a drone positioned on top of the vehicle. When the driver presses a button, the drone lifts off to scan the area for bins and communicates their locations to the robot. The robot then uses LIDAR, GPS,…

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