I believe we have arrived in the future when I see things like a fully autonomous street sweeper in action! Trombia Free is developed by a Finnish road maintenance equipment manufacturer Trombia Technologies. The unique thing about this electric vehicle is that it uses less than 15% of the power needed by heavy-suction sweeping technologies that are currently available. By simply doing that it reduces carbon emissions by approximately 3 million metric tons per year!
Trombia Free will be the world’s first fully autonomous street cleaning device that is built to operate in all weather conditions. The performance-heavy vehicle gives a major upgrade to the current competitor products that still rely on suction performance that was invented in the 1950s. “We simply cannot enter 2020s green and sustainable era with such outdated solution. With the globally patented Trombia technology we are able to take down the power requirement dramatically, so turning it into a beautiful and powerful, electrified, and autonomous device has been an exciting journey to this day,” said Antti Nikkanen, CEO of Trombia Technologies.
The electric street sweeper is equipped with a safety margin zone in front of as well as surrounding the unit and works based on its direction. So if a person, animal, or object falls or comes in front of the vehicle, it will register it as an obstacle and stop automatically. The Trombia Free team says the devicr can carry out annual operations spanning over 500 hours of continuous high-power sweeping which is 85% more energy-efficient than manual street sweepers and this also makes it about 15 times more cost-effective. Unlike conventional sweepers, it doesn’t use water but instead combines cyclone filtration, aerodynamics, and humidifier methods to control dust. It is also far more lighter and quieter which enables it to run at night and indoors too! Trombia Free will roll out through a year-long pilot program in 2021, and mass deliveries are set to begin in early 2022.
Designer: Trombia Technologies