Dustbins calling the mother white elephant


Swedish Radio reported earlier this week that Västra Götaland County are about to test the next generation of dustbins. The dustbins, using ultrasound, will be calling in to some sort of central command mother computer when they are ready to be emptied. This mother computer will transfer the information to trash collectors before they go out to do their business, but not before calculating the most efficient way to wheel the white elephant* on that particular day, taking into account weather effects on roads.

Freight costs are expected to drop by 25%, as only necessary stops will be made. More importantly, this is just too cool!

*refuse [collection] lorry; us eng. garbage [removal] truck, sanitation truck

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