An autonomous robot that can weed between crops has been developed at ETH Zurich. Eliminating the need for herbicide applications, the robot is capable of mechanically removing weeds from in-between rows of crops and is particularly useful for crops such as Sugar beet which require intensive weed control. With a user-friendly design and function, the robot can be remotely controlled and can undertake 8-hour shifts in the field. Visual sensors are used to navigate between rows and accurately distinguish between crops and weeds. Improved software for disease and pest detection within the robot design is currently being developed.
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AgriTech Tomorrow: Autonomous Robotic Weeding System