CartSeeker curbside automation brings artificial intelligence to waste collection, reducing costs by 8%. - Photo: McNeilus

CartSeeker curbside automation brings artificial intelligence to waste collection, reducing costs by 8%.

Photo: McNeilus

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, is debuting the new Zero Radius automated side loader with CartSeeker curbside automation. CartSeeker brings artificial intelligence to curbside waste collection, reducing costs by 8%.

CartSeeker curbside automation developed AI-based cart recognition technology that identifies and locates curbside waste carts and fully automates the operation of the truck’s robotic lift arm without joystick manipulation. This helps with cycle times, training time, focus on safety, predictable scheduling, and maintenance costs.

With a 96% success rate, the system’s visual recognition corrects for color and size of carts, angles, differing backgrounds, lighting and weather implications, and proximity to other carts. Carts can be open, closed, or overflowing.  Simply stop the truck in front of the cart, which is automatically picked up, dumped, and placed back on the ground. CartSeeker performs nearly perfectly in normal day time conditions.

CartSeeker is included on the new Zero Radius automated side loader, which features the largest hopper available of any side loader on the market and a fast pack cycle.

The Zero Radius automated side loader offers a radius operation allowing for clearance issues, narrow streets, and alleyways. The arm reaches rather than swings out to grab 30–110-gallon cans. With optional 12-foot extended reach, it’s easy to navigate cul-de-sacs and obstructions such as parked cars.

Other enhancements include the McNeilus Code controls system. These simplified CAN-based controls provide complete vehicle diagnostics. The side loader includes an integrated smart fuse panel, reduced hardware requirements, pre-trip reminders, status messages, and more.

This refuse truck features Tailgate CNG, an easy-to-service, efficient system that allows the truck to stand up to the demands of refuse collection.

The Zero Radius automated side loader benefits from significant fuel savings thanks to load-sense hydraulics. Full-eject body reduces chassis wear and simplifies operations, reducing exposure to hazards.

The vehicle will make its debut at Waste Expo, June 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall.