How About a Robot Helper for the Farm?

June 22, 2016 12:00 PM

You’ve heard about UAVs – better known as drones – but what about a UGV? That’s an “unmanned ground vehicle,” and Milrem and Leica Geosystems recently announced the debut of what it says is the first UGV for off-road use, giving it possible applications in the agriculture industry, including surveying, security and monitoring.

The Pegasus:Multiscope and Pegasus:Two models can follow a pre-programmed route, detect disturbances and take thermal imagery. It is also easily able to cross potentially dangerous or difficult areas.

Kuldar Vaarsi, CEO of Milrem AS, says farmers and ranchers could potentially use UGVs to collect real-time data on large-scale operations. Orchards and vineyards could use it to check ripeness of fruit, as one example. Or, row-crop farmers could more smartly monitor field drainage, he says. It supports a variety of attachments, such as a snow blade, fork lift or spray tank.

“We’re thrilled … to demonstrate how our combined technology offers reduced labor costs, faster results and much higher reliability than existing options,” Vaarsi says.

The UGVs can reach a top speed of 22 mph and features a zero-turn radius. Here’s a multi-terrain sneak peek at it in motion.

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Do you see value using a UGV on your farm or ranch? If so, how would you envision using it? Add your ideas in the comments section below.

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