The first commercial pilot program of autonomous Trombia Free street sweeper launches in the City of Espoo Finland
Finnish street maintenance technology developer Trombia Technologies launched the world’s first full-power autonomous street sweeper in September 2020. From March 2021 onwards Trombia Free steps into commercial Pilot Program, with the city of Espoo being the first and more to be announced.
– We are thrilled to start the Pilot Program with the city of Espoo. 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, says CEO Antti Nikkanen from Trombia Technologies
The current vehicle technology relies on suction performance that was invented in the 1950s.
Trombia Free cleaning devices use less than 15% of the power required by currently available heavy suction sweeping technologies. With the globally patented Trombia technology cities will be able to take down the power requirement dramatically without compromising the quality and effectiveness.
Towards carbon neutral city cleaning
Trombia Free units are 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. The advanced algorithm development has been carried out to absorb data on objects from various sources and to generate 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.
– Espoo is eager to act as a pilot for this new technology that supports our goals. According to the Green deal of working machines we promote low-emission and zero-emission technology. Traffic autonomy is developing and Trombia Free, which utilizes technology developed in Espoo, is a great opening on this front. As the new technology enables even better results in street cleaning, it was clear we want to be part of the pilot, says director Harri Tanska from the City of Espoo.
The results of the Pilot Program will be published to benefit further development and also to gather data for the innovative pay-per-square meter business model that will allow contractors and operators to adopt Trombia Free faster than new technologies are normally adopted.
More new Trombia Free Pilot Programs will be announced during spring 2021.
– As the spring moves forward, Pilot Programs in international traffic and heavy-industry sites are to be announced. Full-power cleaning is also a work safety issue for heavy industrial sites and with Trombia Free this can be delivered effectively, autonomously and carbon free. To stop the climate crises is a common mission and we need new powerful innovations on a global level to stop it. Trombia Free unlocks the potential for mass-electrification and carbon-neutralization of the whole street sweeping industry, Nikkanen concludes.
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