Fuso, the Japanese commercial vehicle subsidiary of Daimler Trucks, has presented the Fuso eCanter SensorCollect, a concept vehicle with waste collection body based on the fully electric Fuso eCanter.
The vehicle concept aims to make waste disposal more efficient and environmentally friendly with a locally emission-free light truck. At the heart of this increase in efficiency is a special autonomous driving system, which was presented at the ‘Fuso Future Innovation Lab’ event.
In this system, the eCanter SensorCollect is remotely controlled from outside the vehicle whereby the operator carries a smartphone strapped to their forearm for control. The eCanter itself was equipped with lidar sensors, ultrasonic sensors and a high-precision GPS in addition to the refuse collection vehicle body. This should enable the refuse truck to follow the operator automatically and avoid objects or people – or if in doubt, to stop.
This means that the person who drove the eCanter into the area of operation can then also help empty the waste bins. The “increase in efficiency” possible with the semi-autonomous waste collection vehicle, therefore, simply means that one person less has to travel with it. “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. Innovation is “critical to long-term market leadership,” he said.
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