Robots to roll down Timmins sidewalks to conduct inspections

The northern Ontario city will use automated technology to help with its annual sidewalk maintenance inspection program.

“If anybody has seen sort of a sidewalk plow, it would be basically that without the plow,” says Patrick Seguin, director of public works and engineering.

The small unit has flashing lights on top, runs on rubber tires and is about the width of a sidewalk. The robotic machines can produce reports faster than workers doing the inspections themselves.

Normally, it would take a team of workers three to four months to complete the inspections across the city. The automated machines will condense that to two to four weeks.