Finland’s Trombia Technologies has announced that it will test run its Trombia Free – the world’s first full-power autonomous street sweeper – in the Finnish city of Espoo.
The commercial pilot program – one of the ten envisioned by Trombia – will see Espoo’s bicycle path getting cleaned fully autonomically by this machine and with 85 % less energy consumption. The other commercial pilots will roll out through early 2021 to kick start the era of greener and more sustainable city cleaning.
“We are thrilled to start the Pilot Program with the city of Espoo,” said Trombia CEO Antti Nikkanen in a press release.
“When we think about the over 3 million CO2 metric tons of carbon emissions that high power diesel-fueled suction street sweepers around the world produce annually, we see that smart cities around the world can act to reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions significantly by modernising the way street cleaning is made.”
According to Trombia, its new sweeping solution is designed to offer sweeping operators worldwide a more sustainable, cost-efficient, easier-to maintain and faster alternative for combating both mechanical debris and fine dust challenges in paved areas.
Resembling an over-sized robotic vacuum cleaner or lawnmower, the Trombia Free is equipped with an all-weather autonomous, LiDAR-based, machine vision technology that filtrates the noise coming from the environment in rainy, snowy or alternative conditions.
This advanced algorithm absorbs data on objects from various sources, generating millions of illustrations of the object at once. This enables accurate and safe localization in all-weather condition.
During the pilot period in Mankkaa, Espoo, autonomous functions and machine vision will be tested, as well as different ways to integrate the autonomous sweeper with other logistics.
For the record, these new Trombia Free cleaning devices use less than 15% of the power required by current heavy suction sweeping technologies – most of which still rely on suction performance dating back to 1950s.
Its batteries offer a range between 8.5 and 17 hours per charge for regular urban street cleaning operations – and up to 8 hours of continuous high-power sweeping when fitted with a 91.2-kWh Li-ion battery.
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