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Autonomous Robots on the Farm
A new robot powered by artificial intelligence autonomously collects massive amounts of data on crops. It's called Mamut and was just developed by Cambridge Consultants in the UK. Crop data is routinely collected by aerial drones. The flying drones can miss produce hidden under leaves or trees. The Mamut works on the ground to provide a more complete look. It's designed for farms, including massive industrial farms, orchards and vineyards.
The 4-wheeled autonomous robot is loaded with sensors and AI to gather crop health and yield data as it roams the fields. It integrates stereo cameras, LIDAR, a compass, an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and wheel odometers. The onboard AI integrates all the sensor data inputs. The system provides the farmer easy access to the data to maximize production.
The autonomous robot doesn't use GPS but depends on its own proprietary system SLAM to navigate the fields. The inventors say it knows where it is and how to navigate in real time. They say it allows farmers to treat each plant in the orchard, vineyard or farm individually to optimize results. And on the scale of massive industrial farming it optimizes yield and output.