A refuse collector uses drones to locate bins and sends a robot buddy to handle pickup

This article titled “Could drone-guided robots replace refuse collectors?” was written by Samuel Gibbs, for theguardian.com on Monday 29th February 2016 11.22 UTC

Volvo’s latest research prototype uses a small robot to pick up and empty bins into a rubbish truck, guided by an overhead drone and without the need for humans – but Britain’s binmen should not fear for their jobs just yet.

The Robot-based Autonomous Refuse (Roar) handling system is the product of Volvo’s collaboration with Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology and Mälardalen University, Penn State University in the US, and recycling company Renova.

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