By 2050 the world population could reach 9 billion people, requiring current food production to more than double. A new robot called AgRobIT is helping the agricultural industry keep up with the predicted increase in food production.
AgRobIT is an autonomous robot that performs well on steep slopes, thanks to sophisticated control systems that detect soil compaction and monitor the robot’s center of gravity. AgRobIT can be programmed to survey, spray, harvest, mow, and prune selected environments.
“The Husky UGV based AgRobIT project proposes a simplified architecture based on a ROS stack solution consisting of three main ROS packages: localization and mapping, path planning and control, and mission supervisor,” writes Sabrina Guillen.
Robots bring less harm to the environment, automated systems, and decreased cost to agricultural workers striving to feed the world.