Future Mobility Network wins “Startup in Residence”

The Future Mobility Network B.V., specialist in the mobility of the future, introduces the first selfdriving recycle bin in The Netherlands. In October 2020 the pilot should be operational on the boulevard of Scheveningen. The selfdriving recycle bin will be used by the municipality of The Hague on the peer of Scheveningen to combat litter problems on the beach. It is important to prevent litter on the boulevard from ending up in the sea via the wind and becoming part of the so-called plastic soup. This waste causes great damage to birds, fish and other animals. The trash can is placed on the boulevard, detects which trash cans are full and then drives there to prevent litter from ending up on the ground. An addition that ensures less litter, a clean beach, but above all a better environment. A pleasant living environment for both humans and animals.

The challenge
A clean beach and a clean boulevard are important for our environment and our economy. People feel more comfortable in a clean environment and therefore stay longer. But also for the welfare of animals and a better environment, reducing pollution is of great importance.

The problem of litter on and around the boulevard has been causing a lot of frustration and pollution for years. On peak days, thousands of empty bottles, cans and packaging are cleaned up on and around the beach every evening, but also after a large-scale event, for example. During peak days and events, approximately 300 extra waste bins are placed. This involves a lot of costs. And yet even with all this extra effort, the dirt problem is not solved.

Litter is created by a visitor’s unwillingness to throw away something neat and tidy. Often because there is no litter bin nearby, or because litter bins are too full and dirt can no longer reach them. Managing these bins at peak times remains difficult for the cleaning service. The threshold to get rid of waste has to be lowered and the self-propelled waste bin helps with that.

A durable, hygienic solution
With Startup in Residence, the Municipality of The Hague and the Province of South Holland held a competition to tackle the latter problem. The Future Mobility Network wrote the winning plan. The technical development team of the innovative mobility network came up with a solution in which a recycle bin can be used dynamically, because the self-propelled recycle bin robot can move between those fixed bins.

During peak pressures, the trash robot moves smoothly between the crowd of people. The robot is equipped with anti-collision sensors, a software package and has a maximum speed of 5 km/hour. By actively informing visitors to the Scheveningen boulevard about the litter problem and offering the robot as a service, they become involved in solving this social problem in a positive, innovative and playful way.

In these times of the corona virus, the self-propelled bin also offers redemption. No lids that need to be touched, in short hygienic and without human help. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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