Authors: Jones M H, Seabright M, Barnett J, Neshausen G, Duke M, Scarfe A
As automation in agriculture progresses, more automation systems will be placed into farms & orchards.
Systems that service the crops directly are likely to have positioning requirements that make traditional tractor-trailer units unsuitable.
This paper introduces a platform built for transporting robotics modules through a kiwifruit orchard.
Performance figures, design considerations and a general hardware overview are presented.
The platform is controlled either by remote or computer generated drive commands - facilitating autonomous navigation.
In-orchard testing shows the system is well suited for the target application, achieving stable speed control and repeatable positioning.
Photo: Robotics platform for Orchard use (credits: Jones M H, Seabright M, Barnett J, Neshausen G, Duke M, Scarfe A)