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Inception 2009

Dustbot is a robot that can collect garbage from homes. It can be summoned by phone call or SMS, and uses GPS to automatically make its way to the customer, collect the rubbish, and take it to a dustbin. In addition, the Dustbots carry environmental sensors to monitor the pollution levels over, for example, a pedestrian area. Prototypes have been tested in Italy, in Sweden, in Korea and Japan, and it is due for launch in 2009. The Dustbot project is funded by the European Commission.[needs update]


Dustbot uses different localisation and uses GPS navigation[1] combined with pre-loaded maps.[2] It uses a gyroscope to keep it upright, and has ultrasonic, infrared and laser sensors to avoid collisions with static and dynamic obstacles.[1]

It is able to monitor pollution through a number of air quality sensors, [2][3] and can warn if the levels are too high.[4] This is especially important in the case of gases that humans cannot sense or when long-term exposure to slightly increased concentrations needs to be verified.[5] The distribution of gases is modelled using statistical methods.[6][7]

Two DustCart robots were deployed in the village of Peccioli, Tuscany, from June 15, 2010, to August 7, 2010, providing "door to door separate waste collection on demand". The system was found to be easy to use, providing satisfactory service and increasing recycling. Its main weaknesses were "slow service/traffic problems (and) low bin capacity", and also the existence of "barriers to entry", according to a report by Nicola Canelli presented during ICT 2010 Conference Session, held in Bruxelles, September 27, 2010.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Duncan Kennedy (29 May 2009). "Dustbot the street cleaning robot". BBC World News. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Emma Woollacott (29 May 2009). "Robot garbage cart set to hit Italian streets". TG Daily. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Gabriele Ferri; Alessio Mondini; Alessandro Manzi; Barbara Mazzolai; Cecilia Laschi; Virgilio Mattoli; Matteo Reggente; Todor Stoyanov; Achim J. Lilienthal; Marco Lettere; Paolo Dario (May 2010). "DustCart, a Mobile Robot for Urban Environments: Experiments of Pollution Monitoring and Mapping during Autonomous Navigation in Urban Scenarios". Proceedings of International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010) Workshop on Networked and Mobile Robot Olfaction in Natural, Dynamic Environments. 
  4. ^ David Jonasson (23 May 2009). "Robots to sweep the streets". Stockholm News. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Achim J. Lilienthal; Amy Loutfi; Tom Duckett (October 1, 2006). "Airborne Chemical Sensing with Mobile Robots". 
  6. ^ Achim J. Lilienthal; Tom Duckett (August 31, 2004). "Building Gas Concentration Gridmaps with a Mobile Robot". 
  7. ^ Cyrill Stachniss; Christian Plagemann; Achim J. Lilienthal (April 2009). "Learning Gas Distribution Models Using Sparse Gaussian Process Mixtures". 
  8. ^ http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/events/cf/ict2010/document.cfm?doc_id=14608

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