Sewer Robot Frees Up Streets

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July 31, 2009, 9:00 AM PDT

By Tim Halbur


"Able to move parcels as large as a shoebox, the Mole fully encapsulates its contents from surrounding waste water. In other words, the phrase "duty free shipping" will take on a whole new meaning.

The Urban Mole placed second in the VisionWorks contest, a logistics competition sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience (yes, they spell it one word like that) that asked participants to envision transportation solutions for 2020. The Urban Mole came in second to a building that grows food on its walls. Yeah, that's cool, but it's no undergound robot."

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