Robot farmer

Engineers at the School of Mechanical and manufacturing engineering at the University of New South Wales in Kensington, Sydney, Australia have developed a tractor that can plant accurately spaced seeds without human intervention. The precision and accuracy by which the tractor plants seeds can result in a 20% increase in land area that can be planted on. The engineering team at the UNSW has worked with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to develop the self-piloting tractor. The tractor is 3 meters wide and is a lighter and more affordable option for farmers.

The unprecedented rise in computing power has allowed the application of robotics to farmlands and agriculture as a whole. The rough terrain can cause the tractor to veer off course however the tractor has an advanced sensor and control system that automatically adjusts the tractor from deviations in it’s course.

 

Robotic tractor and seeding machine. Photo from UNSW

Robotic tractor and seeding machine. Photo from UNSW

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University of New South Wales

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