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Autonomous rubbish robot wins Galileo Masters 2020

December 11, 2020  - By
Photo: Angsa Robotics

Photo: Angsa Robotics

Startup Angsa Robotics was named the overall winner of the Galileo Masters 2020 competition for its autonomous rubbish robot.

According to Angsa Robotics, “Clive” is Germany’s first autonomous rubbish robot. It can move independently and detect and localize individual objects based on its unique artificial neural network architecture, which enables it to clean grass and gravel areas. In addition, individual objects such as crown caps or cigarette butts are targeted for collection, but insects are spared.

The robot’s target use cases include cleaning festival venues after events and the daily cleaning of parks and other green spaces. It can be used where conventional sweeping machines designed for flat asphalt surfaces cannot be used, Angsa Robotics said.

Precise localization via GNSS is essential to its operation, Angsa Robotics added. With better localization, “Clive” can plan a more efficient path and clean a given area faster.

“Angsa Robotics is another concrete example of the innovation and applications that GNSS is enabling for the benefits of business, society and the environment,” said Rodrigo da Costa, executive director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA). “The combination of precise GNSS localization with further state-of-the art techniques such as artificial intelligence and robotics captures in a nutshell the spirit of the three challenges in this year’s edition of Galileo Masters.”

The Galileo Masters’ network of 101 partners from 18 countries focuses on the regional implementation of the competition to ensure a high level of diversity while enhancing both job growth potential and regional development opportunities. At the 2020 Space Awards, seven challenge winners were honored by representatives of the European Commission, GSA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

The Galileo Masters, founded by AZO, DLR and the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, annually awards the best services, products, and business ideas using satellite navigation in everyday life.

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