Here we are with another step towards a life of automation. Whether you’re feeling a rush to recycle, or feel like going on a trek for trash, fear not. You don’t need to do it yourself. Just send a ROARing robot to do it for you!

Currently in development by Volvo and roboticists from Mälardalen University in Sweden, the Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling (ROAR) project is aiming to help fulfill Volvo’s goal of a future with more automation. These robots will rid the need of the sanitation workers behind the truck, and will dump the refuse bins with ease.

In the U.S, students at Penn State’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute will design the virtual system and control panel that the drivers will need to control the robots, from the comfort of the drivers seat.

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