While some argue for the return of individual vegetable gardens, others do not seem to have the same vision for the future of agriculture. The Israeli start-up Tevel thus designs robot-drones capable of picking fruit without pilots. The Japanese manufacturer of agricultural machinery Kubota has just invested 20 million euros in its project.
Artificial intelligence and robotic arm
Given the short autonomy of a battery, Tevel has chosen to attach its flying robots, armed with an arm and a clamp adapted to the fruit they are to collect, to an autonomous vehicle. The AI that controls the automatons allows them to recognize the fruits among the leaves and branches. The operator would only have to indicate what type of fruit and the desired daily yield, says Tevel. Pilot projects are being carried out in Spain, the United States and Italy in apple plantations of 100 hectares, with a view to marketing in 2021.
Respond to the lack of manpower
According to Kubota, 800 million tons of fruit are produced each year around the world. A gigantic market for which labor is lacking in places, despite the 10 million seasonal workers solicited. All the more so since the task, considered physically demanding, is neglected by the populations of countries where agriculture is already largely mechanized.
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