30 Jul 2020
Autonomous robotic weeding: trends, technologies, players
This is the 4th article in our series of articles focused on agricultural robotics.
In this article we consider the trends towards autonomous robotic weeding enabled by AI based vision technology and navigational autonomy.
19 May 2020
Ecorobotix is an interesting agricultural robotics company located in the French border of Switzerland. It was established in 2014. The company was started by Steve Tanner who is today the CTO.
19 May 2020
FarmWise is based in San Francisco and has raised $20M (there are 55 people now. Established in 2017). It seeks to offer to robotics together with AI-based services. Its tech roadmap is to go from autonomous weeding to plant-level farming data to autonomous farming.
30 May 2018
Autonomous robot weeder challenges traditional methods
The robot works without being controlled by a human operator. It covers the ground just by getting its bearings and positioning itself with the help of its camera, GPS RTK and sensors. Its system of vision enables it to follow crop rows, and to detect the presence and position of weeds in and between the rows. Two robotic arms then apply a microdose of herbicide, systematically targeting the weeds that have been detected.
15 Mar 2018
Agricultural robotics and drones: diversity of functions, forms
Our research, published in Agricultural Robots and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Markets and Players, describes how robotics is transforming the world of agriculture. Indeed, our previous articles have described agricultural robotics and drones could become a $28Bn and $35B industry by 2028 and 2038, respectively. In this article, we seek to demonstrate the diversity of functions, forms and fortunes that exists, and will continue to exist, in agricultural robotics.
8 Jan 2018
Mobile robots: key to success lies in fleet productivity
Autonomous mobile robots are causing a paradigm shift in the way we envisage commercial and industrial vehicles.
26 May 2017
Agricultural robots: bringing data to least digitised major industry
Agriculture is one of the world's least digitized major industries. This is however all about to change. Indeed, data acquisition and analytics companies are already a hot topic, and as such are subject to growing capital investments. This trend is captured in the figure below.
22 Sep 2016
Robotics is the future of agrochemicals business
Crop protection, chemicals and robotics at first appear totally unrelated, yet IDTechEx Research finds that steady improvements in agricultural robotics will, slowly but surely, fundamentally alter the crop protection chemicals business.