The FarmWise agricultural weeding-as-a-service solution, which leverages computer vision, machine learning and robotics technologies, can be optimized for different crops, soil types, and growth stages.
Companies continue to come to market with robotics solutions that seek to remedy the agricultural sector’s ongoing labor shortage challenge, especially pronounced in advanced economies, as well as the need to pay a living wage to workers.
Brad Bogolea, CEO of AMR maker Simbe Robotics, and Andrew Smith, CEO of Outrider, which produces electric autonomous yard trucks, serve as guests.
Agricultural weeding is a costly and labor-intensive task, and chemical methods, while effective, are expensive and often have negative environmental consequences associated with them. Sensing a business opportunity and a chance for promoting social good, a number of companies offering robotic weeding systems have entered the market. Compared to traditional approaches, their solutions reduce the cost and environmental impact of weeding operations.
Greater sensing, data collection and deep learning that exploit farmers’ collective wisdom can enable closed-loop control systems that deliver on the promise of true autonomy on the farm. Such autonomy, including autonomous plowing, would free up precious time for the farmer, and deliver greater agricultural yield and consistency of outcome.
The total number of robotics transactions held steady year over year, but the autonomous vehicle and manufacturing automation providers received less investment. Healthcare systems, field robots, and drones got funding in September 2020.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, robotics investment and acquisition activity did not slow down in August 2020, with funding flowing to autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, and drones.
Farming is a major emitter of greenhouse emissions. But a whole host of companies are working on methods of reducing the environmental impact of farming by altering farming methods, and employing new technologies, including robotics systems.
In June 2020, investment and acquisition activity picked up a bit for autonomous vehicles, mobile robots, healthcare systems, and industrial automation.
Recent advances in machine and deep learning have improved SLAM techniques, leading to an increased richness in maps, with semantic scene understanding improving localization, mapping quality and robustness.
As the COVID-19 pandemic slowed global manufacturing and trade, investments in robots, drones, and self-driving cars continued in March 2020, with both more shutdowns and an eventual recovery to come.
Modular robotics are currently a niche market, but the need for flexibility could propel demand, predicts one global market analyst.
The Sense One flash camera from Sense Photonics is a 3D, solid-state lidar that promises to help autonomous robots and vehicles see farther and more safely.
MODEX 2020 was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but exhibitors and attendees expressed optimism about the supply chain robotics market.
Multi-year partnership will provide training for 400,000+ union members on use of autonomous earth-moving equipment.
Project aims to provide maps for automated driving using lower cost sensors and probes.
Some robotics companies cancel participation as concerns over virus grow.
Dell Technology Ventures leads funding round, as SiLC develops integrated FMCW lidar for autonomous vehicles, machine vision, and augmented reality.
The CEO of Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development discusses his career around robotics and motion planning algorithms.
The self-driving car company has been operating in 25 cities and is offering ride-hailing services.
Companies testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in California required to list miles driven, and reasons why systems were disengaged by safety drivers.
Pony.ai is the latest self-driving car company to get funding, bringing its valuation to more than $3 billion.
Engineering firm breaks up large paint process into smaller steps to reduce rigidity.
System looks to improve efficiency and safety through autonomous electric vehicles for freight transfer between public roads and warehouses.
Robotics, automation, AI and drones are enabling digitization efforts for the future supply chain.