No one likes to collect garbage for a living. It's dirty, the bags can be filled with all types of rubbish, and the stench it emits can be overwhelming at times.
Fuso thinks they can do one better with this unique truck. Called the eCanter Sensor Collect, this garbage truck runs on purely electric power and benefits from autonomous tech. Equipped with an array of sensors, GPS, and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), this “smart” garbage truck can perform tasks, detect pedestrians, as well as stop all by itself.
How does it do it? The truck itself can be controlled by an operator through a wireless Human Machine Interface (HMI). With it, an operator can command the truck to follow them, avoid obstacles, as well as stop immediately should the truck detect a person or object is in close proximity. Thanks to these technologies, Fuso claims that this will boost the efficiency of garbage collection trucks.
“Creating innovation is one of the major pillars of Research and Development at FUSO, as it decides long term market leadership. We will continue to develop innovative products to address customer and societal needs with our advanced technologies,” said Aydogan Cakmaz, senior vice president and Head of Product Engineering at Fuso.
With the eCanter Sensor Collect, does this mean Fuso will soon be making electrified trucks that can run on their own in the near future? Not exactly, as this concept is a technical tour de force. So while we may not be seeing autonomous garbage trucks collecting refuse in the not so distant future, the same technologies found on the special garbage truck could make their way to other trucks in Fuso's lineup.
But just imagine; a fleet of smart garbage trucks that have zero smell of diesel, and can perform their tasks autonomously. It will certainly be more efficient, as well as more friendly to the environment. Hopefully, Fuso can do something about eliminating the smell of heaps of garbage.