John Deere uses SparkAI’s human-in-the-loop technology on its autonomous tractors to resolve edge cases in real time.
Editor’s picks: top robots from World Ag Expo
The 2023 World Ag Expo is the largest farm equipment show in the world. This year there was a record number of autonomous solutions on display.
Robots and automation at World Ag Expo
On the show this week, Mike discusses the new automation and robotics solutions on display at the 2023 World Ag Expo.
Monarch Tractor completes first units of production edition
The company is fulfilling the first production units of its autonomous, all-electric tractor for Constellation Brands.
Verdant Robotics cultivates $46.5M in Series A funding
Verdant Robotics’ Series A raised $46.5 million. The money will speed up the company’s robotic farm manufacturing and market launch.
Reports of layoffs at Iron Ox
Iron Ox, an agriculture technology company, laid off a number of its employees, according to reports from now-former employees.
Teledyne FLIR debuts SIRAS drone
Teledyne FLIR pairs a radiometric thermal and visible camera payload featuring MSX with an affordable, flexible, and easy-to-operate airframe.
RoboBusiness and Field Robotics Engineering Forum preview
Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman are joined by Dan Kara to preview RoboBusiness 2022.
Commercial UAV update; Product leadership with Kishore Boyalakuntla
This week’s podcast reviews the latest developments in UAVs and a deep dive into product management with Kishore Boyalakuntla.
AI: chipset bans and keeping humans in the loop
This week’s podcast discusses situations in which AI and machine learning still come up short for robotics systems and how a human-in-the-loop system can help solve edge cases in real-time.
Muddy Machines brings in $1.8M for asparagus harvesting robot Sprout
Sprout is a lightweight, battery-powered autonomous robot that can precisely harvest asparagus for up to 16 hours a day.
Foxconn to build Monarch tractor in Ohio
Full-scale production of Monarch Tractor’s MK-V all-electric, autonomous tractor is scheduled to begin in Q1 2023.
Lyro Robotics brings in $1.5M for robotic produce packers
With the latest round of funding, Lyro Robotics plans to deliver around 20 autonomous robotic packers to agriculture clients.
AgLaunch365 accelerator applications due July 18
Applications to join the 2023 cohort of the AGLaunch365 agricultural solutions accelerator are due by July 18, 2022.
Stout Agtech offers smart cultivation powered by AI
Stout AgTech offers vision guided, mechanical cultivation with the launch of its Smart Cultivator implement.
FarmWise delivers cultivation as a service for farmers
FarmWise delivery autonomous weeding as a service using vision cameras to separate crop plants from weeds.
Brian Gerkey on the success of Open Robotics and ROS
This week, we talk to Brian Gerkey the co-founder and CEO of Open Robotics about ROS and open source software.
Anders Beck introduces the UR20; California bans autonomous tractors
This week, we talk to Universal Robots VP of strategy Anders Beck about the features of the new UR20 Cobot.
Calif.’s ongoing ban of autonomous tractors a major setback
Cal/OSHA once again denied a petition to change regulations that currently ban the use of autonomous tractors.
Field Robotics Engineering Forum call for speakers open
The Field Robotics Engineering Forum seeks submissions that focus on the design and development of robotics systems that operate in outdoor, unstructured and dynamic environments, such as construction worksites, open mines, and farm fields, as well as busy urban centers.
FarmWise Labs brings in $45M for robotic weeding
FarmWise Labs offers precise robotic weeding as a service with a pay-per-acre model in California and Arizona.
Scythe Robotics autonomous mower cuts down commercial milestone
Scythe Robotics said it surpassed 5,000 reservations for its M.52 autonomous mower for commercial landscaping.