Robots to clean hard-to-get areas

Hard-to-reach areas between and underneath coach seats may soon be much cleaner, thanks to a new robot designed by a research study group in Scotland.

The Rail Safety and Standards Board has sponsored scientists from the National Robotarium, supported by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. It is part of a larger £21 million innovation project.

It has taken two-year to develop the robot, which can operate alongside staff to accurately identify types of waste and remove them. The programme is in response to a national survey that showed 25% dissatisfaction with overall levels of train cleanliness.


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  • Güntürk Üstün - 18/12/2021 22:11

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put an additional daily pressure on rail services in Scotland, UK and elsewhere and has shown how important good hygiene and cleanliness is in all passenger trains. As it is essential that all commuter and long-distance trains are cleaned as fast and as efficiently as possible, the expectations about the recent robot in question are normally quite high. The National Robotarium management hopes to have a working prototype by summer 2022. Dr. Güntürk Üstün

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