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Waste Management by Robots

Using robots for waste collection is a new and innovative approach that can eliminate some of the negative effects of traditional garbage collection methods. By using robots to collect waste bins from waste rooms, we can remove the need for garbage trucks that drive in dense urban environments.

Animerad bild av en robot som hämtar sopor

This would reduce problems with traffic, air pollution, noise and the risk of accidents. It would also create a safer and cleaner environment for residents and make room for a more attractive and equal urban space where, for example, children´s needs are better met.

The project also provides the opportunity to investigate interaction between service robots and humans, something we know very little about in our cities. Implementing a robotic garbage collection system requires careful consideration of various factors, such as social interaction, legal framework, technical feasibility and financial viability. In this project, we want to study current laws and how they can be adapted so that robots can collect waste bins. We will also examine the technical feasibility of the system, taking into account factors such as software and hardware requirements and necessary infrastructure.

We will investigate the financial viability of the system, assess the cost-benefit analysis and potential return on investment, as well as analyze the benefits for the residents and how well the system responds to the needs of different target groups. In summary, this project aims to explore the potential of using robots for garbage collection as an alternative solution of garbage collection. If successful, this system has potential to mitigate the negative effects of traditional garbage collection methods and contribute to a safer and cleaner environment for city dwellers.

Project period
August 2023 - August 2025

Dennis Kerkhof, Helsingborgs stad

Helsingborg stad, NSR AB, Robot Minds

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