DB tests cleaning robots at Frankfurt Central Station
With innovative technology in use against Corona • cleaning of up to 12,000 m² per day • test phase until April
More cleanliness at Frankfurt Central Station: Deutsche Bahn is currently testing an autonomous cleaning vehicle. DB cleaning staff will receive rolling help from the robot from the Berlin start-up Spring Mobility until the end of April. The vehicle can sweep floor surfaces and neutralize viruses using ozonated water. Ozonated water is a natural disinfectant and, according to the manufacturer, is also highly effective in combating corona viruses and bacteria.
Leif Niklas Wulf, station manager at Frankfurt Central Station: “Clean stations contribute significantly to the well-being of all travelers and guests. With the robot, we are testing an innovative way of supporting and relieving our cleaning staff. The smart helper independently cleans and disinfects around 12,000 square meters a day at Frankfurt Central Station. Therefore: Make way for innovation! “
With the help of two laser and ten ultrasonic sensors, five cameras and two GPS antennas, “Manni” navigates independently through the underground area of Frankfurt Central Station. This means that the cleaning vehicle is based on the same sophisticated technology as, for example, in self-driving cars. Manni recognizes obstacles early on during his cleaning. He drives around them or stops the cleaning process briefly and continues as soon as the path is clear again. Even larger rubbish lying around, such as beverage cans, is no problem for the new helper.
The autonomous robot got its name from its DB colleagues. Four suggested names were shortlisted and entered into an internal vote, in which around 800 employees took part. “Manni” was the clear winner with over 500 votes.
During the test period until the end of April, a DB supervisor accompanies the cleaning vehicle. The DB then evaluates the test operation and decides on further possible uses.