Posted on: August 13, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

center_img Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral … Global Grape Summit wrap-up part three: What is ne … Abundant Robotics, a U.S. start-up launched by a Silicon Valley research institute, is getting ready for its first U.S. apple season with its commercial autonomous apple harvester.The California-based start-up has been developing the technology for the last few years and plans to use what is expected to be the commercial design on apple orchards in Washington state this coming season.This follows on from the world’s first use of the harvester on a commercial apple crop in New Zealand earlier this year. The orchard belongs to the country’s largest fruit grower-exporter, T&G, whose parent company BayWa invested in Abundant Robotics two years ago.The harvester, which uses “unique” vacuum technology, is capable of autonomously navigating, deciding which apples are ripe, picking them and conveying them to the bins, all without damaging the fruit or the trees.”We’ve been methodically working our way from what was in 2016 early prototypes of the robotic apple harvester to get the designs and then test the designs for commercial harvesters to bring to market,” said Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant Robotics.The Abundant team has been busy traveling between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, continuously testing the machines in apple orchards.last_img

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