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Autonomous trash cans can make getting rid of garbage a better experience. Source: Pixabay

Self-driving tech helps mobilize everything, even trash cans

CAN you imagine how annoying it is for those who have to get up every morning and take their bins to the curb so the garbage collectors can take their trash away? Canadian robotics company AI Incorporated did.

The company has released a design for an autonomous refuse robot (pictured below).


Self-driving trash can. Source: PRNewsfoto / AI Incorporated

A new application for mobile robotics, the new AI enhanced robotics system introduces a device that can autonomously travel to the curbside and wait for the pickup truck at pre-scheduled times.

The company has designed the product so customers can schedule the time for pick-up via a mobile app and allows them to check status in real time.

In case the robot needs help with navigation or gets stuck, the user can “control” it through the app as well.

Mobilizing “any given machine”

With this new application in mobile robotics, the company plans to use its Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology combined with deep learning to pioneer in a new generation of robots.

The autonomous refuse receptacle robot is an application for the company’s Versatile Self Localizing Autonomous Platforms (VSLAP).

A new robot proprietary software called the Quantum Slam Operating System (Q-OS) can help companies mobilize any given machine.

With this, invention humans emptying trash cans will be a thing of the past. When it is time for pickup, the bins will simply leave their post to be emptied.

“Robots are the perfect solution for eliminating those tasks which humans do not wish to conduct,” said Ali Afrouzi, CEO, AI Incorporated and bObsweep Inc.

These robotic devices contain a comprehensive navigation system using a combination of SLAM, deep reinforcement learning, and computer vision.

According to the company, these devices will be able to map their environment, travel autonomously, communicate with other devices, and monitor their internal contents with an extensive array of sensors.

Although the company has applied the technology to trash cans, it demonstrates how there might be other industrial applications as well. One of the first to come to mind is the handling of toxic materials and hazardous substances – but there can be a thousand other things businesses will think of to make the life of their workers better, safer, and more productive.