If you live where it snows, you’ll need to shovel a driveway at some point. There have been blizzards where we’ve had to shovel front walks more than once over the course of a single day. Here’s a fantastic autonomous Snowplow project incorporating Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera, from Nicholas Schmidt, Ayman Hindam, Paul H, Benjamin McLean via hackster.io
Many people are employed low-end city worker jobs operating snow removal equipment. Meanwhile, homeowners are tasked with either shoveling their own property, paying for a service, or counting on neighbors, which in any case leads to a lot of time spent and injury risk, especially for the elderly…. We believe that we can make better use of the AI available to us and make people’s lives a bit better by automating the snow removal process in Canada.
We did not build an autonomous snowplow out of thin air. To start, we took our electronics and software knowledge and built small working prototypes, which we would learn from and apply to our full-size product.
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