Harvest Croo Robotics is field testing an autonomous vehicle designed to help plant and pick strawberries, according to a report on ThePacker.com.
The new vehicle looks rather unlike your typical farm vehicle, and is designed to straddle six strawberry beds as it moves along. It uses GPS navigation, LiDAR vision and carries 16 robots which will do the actual planting and picking of the strawberries.
The robots will use a proprietary vision system which will identify which strawberries are ready to be picked (probably based on colour as robots can’t smell or taste yet as far as we know). Picked strawberries will then be moved to the platform level for further inspection and grading. Continue reading Harvest Croo Robotics field tests autonomous strawberry-picking vehicle
Harvest Automation has sold its robotic warehouse automation technology and business to focus on robotic material handling in a variety of agriculture markets.
Harvest developed what it says are “groundbreaking robotic systems” for e-commerce order fulfillment over the last year and a half.
The company had completed a small fleet of robots that demonstrated a three-fold increase in order picking efficiency. Continue reading Harvest Automation sells robotic warehouse business to focus on agriculture