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(2016-2017) The project aimed to investigate and analyze trends and conditions for semi- and/or fully automated trucks and robots in urban environments within the waste and recycling area, for operations in Sweden and Europe.

The purpose and objectives of the project

The overall aim of the project was to investigate and analyze opportunities for increased automation of waste collection with a focus on the truck. The project was conducted in the form of a feasibility study with four participating actors with different competences; University of Skövde, AB Volvo, Waste Management Östra Skaraborg and Geesink Norba. In the project, in-depth interviews were conducted with eight waste management companies, which provided very good insights into the industry's needs, conditions and wishes. Furthermore, typical residential areas and the possible degree of automation within these areas were mapped and analyzed. Available, as well as potentially new, vehicle technology was investigated and various automation solutions analyzed. New services linked to these solutions have also been analyzed.

The project aimed to investigate and analyze current conditions and trends for semi-automated and/or fully automated trucks and robots in urban environments within the waste and recycling area for operations both in Sweden and the rest of Europe. Furthermore, the purpose of the project was to lay the foundation for a continuation project and a larger pilot together with several customers of autonomous vehicle functions and linked services. A subset of this work was to identify partners and form constellations for the continuation project.

An overall objective of the project was to contribute to ensuring a socio-economically efficient and long-term sustainable waste collection, both nationally and internationally. The overall objective of the project was to deliver solutions that could increase traffic safety, improve work environment and increase the profitability for the players in the industry. The project also intended to identify which areas in waste management were most interesting for automation and which services that could be linked to different technologies. 

This project is concluded

Read the final report here (in Swedish)

Project period: 
2016-06-01 - 2017-02-10

Project partners:
Högskolan i Skövde, Volvo Technology AB, Geesink Norba, Avfallshantering Östra SkaraborgI(AÖS)

Contact:
Anna Syberfeldt, anna.syberfeldt@his.se
Phone: 0500-448577