The County plans a 6-month trial, beginning in February.
The automated truck will run one of the current routes; under consideration is a route on the west side of the County.
The new cans are projected to hold about 3 times as much as the current ones.
The first can will be free. Residents will have to purchase additional cans;the cost has yet to been determined.
"We've done a lot of research, met with Dothan, we've had experience in headland and talked with some others, about the system, the way it works, the things to do, the things not to do and we believe we are ready to move forward with it, " says Houston County Commissioner Chairman Mark Culver.
The County's automated truck will be similar to those used by the City of Dothan.