Cookstown has a snow-clearing robot and you can help name it

Seems like something out of Sci-fi but is ready to go when the snow flies

It ain’t R2-D2 but it’ll do the trick.

The Town of Innisfil announced on Wednesday it will soon employ a new snow-clearing robot to keep the sidewalks clear around the community of Cookstown. The thing doesn’t have a name yet, but a contest should change that.

The pilot program will see the robot out on area sidewalks using mounted plows and onboard salt dispensers. It has already arrived in Innisfil for testing and will be ready to roll out as soon as the snow flies. Onboard technology includes GPS systems to help it navigate the community’s network of sidewalks.

To officially welcome the snow-clearing bot to Cookstown, the Town is asking residents for suggestions to name it. A panel of judges will pick a shortlist from all nominations, and residents will be allowed to vote. The resident who made the winning suggestion will take home a $100 gift card to a local restaurant of their choice.

“We hope that naming the robot will bring a sense of ownership to the Cookstown community,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We’re excited to utilize this technology in this pilot project to help keep our sidewalks clear of snow for pedestrians.”

For more information, and to submit a name suggestion, visit https://www.getinvolvedinnisfil.ca/snowbots

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