Building a tomato-harvesting robot
Tomatoes are the world's second-most harvested vegetable, and the industry is globally valuable – both economically and in terms of health. Manual harvesting of tomatoes is a challenge due to rising labour costs and increasing demand for food from a growing global population. The EU-funded AUTOMATO project is building an autonomous robot to harvest tomatoes in greenhouses using cloud-based monitoring, control and yield analysis. The system will be affordable, offering savings of EUR 62 000 per worker over five years. The first phase of the project will validate all the technical, commercial and financial viability aspects; the second phase will finalise technical development and field test the new device.
Field of science
- /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
- /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
- /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
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