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How Could Driverless Lorries Affect The Future Of Waste Management?

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    Posted on 24th August 2016 by Hintons

    This year saw a major progression in the future of transport, with the first trials of self-driving trucks in Rotterdam. In an age when technological advancements have enriched our lives, many challenge the autonomous future of driverless lorries. Here, we will discuss how self-driving vehicles work, and how they will affect the waste management sector.

    What Are Driverless Lorries?

    The technology used for driverless lorries allows vehicles to move in a group, or “platoon”, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption. Each of these vehicles are fitted with a ‘highway pilot’ system which can be activated at the push of a button. They use a high-tech system of infrared cameras and laser sensors to prevent them from colliding with others on the road.

    What Is Public Perception Of Driverless Lorries?

    Whilst this technology has been given the go-ahead by the UK government, according to Paul Watter, the head of roads and transport policy for the AA, “there are lots of logistical problems.” He explained that there will be issues with how drivers can access and exit the roads, which will cause UK roads to become the most congested in Europe.

    It has been argued that at a time when we need to use transport more efficiently, this oversupply of vehicles on our roads is, in fact, a step backwards. There are also concerns over safety, as some are sceptical about placing so much trust in a vehicle which is controlled solely by technology.

    How Will This Affect The Waste Management Sector?

    If the use of driverless technology extends to the collection of waste and recyclables, it will impact the waste management industry in a major way. Currently, services such as tipper hire require a skilled operator to load the vehicle, as customers can be prone to overloading their waste or aggregates. The use of driverless technology will eliminate the presence of an expert, meaning the vehicles may not be used in the appropriate, safe manner.

    Furthermore, the design of certain vehicles, such as the grab arm and bucket on grab lorries and the hydraulic arm used to lift and tip the container on tipper trucks, means that it is imperative to have a skilled professional operating the piece of machinery. This will ensure that all work is carried out in a safe, efficient way in line with the relevant health and safety regulations.

    Hinton’s Waste

    With a wealth of industry experience, here at Hinton’s Waste we specialise in grab hire, including muck away lorries and tipper trucks for both domestic and commercial projects. When hiring from us, not only do you receive the vehicle itself, but you will also benefit from the associated services. This includes the collection and delivery of aggregates, ensuring they are loaded onto the vehicle and unloaded at your premises safely.

    If you are searching for tipper hire and muck away services in the London and Croydon areas, look no further than Hinton’s. To find out more about any of our services, or to book a specialist vehicle for your project, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.


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