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Autonomous Salting Robot: A Deicing Revolution
Computer Science and Engineering
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The Autonomous Salting Robot (ASR) by Saltonomous Industries addresses two issues threatening individuals living in icy conditions: injury due to slipping and falling while salting walkways and avoidance of salting due to the laborious nature of the task. Introducing the ASR eliminates these problems by offering consumers an autonomous method of deicing walkways and driveways. The target market for the ASR consists primarily of households, expanding to include businesses and municipalities as Saltonomous Industries grows. The two essential working principles for the robot are (1) magnetic line following and (2) salt spreading technology. Given $600 from the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Engineering and a timeline of one semester to build the company, design the system, and develop a working prototype, the team was successful in engineering solutions to all problems encountered to produce a final product ready for market.