'Swarm' robotics the next step for ag-tech


Automation and robotics seems to be an ever-growing priority for agricultural machinery manufacturers. Denmark-based Conpleks certainly sees the potential.

The company works with partners to develop intelligent solutions for automated opportunities. Its technology is currently used in: autonomous line marking for sports fields, robotic mink feeding, and mechanical weeding.

Tom Simonsen, founder and CEO of the company says he sees great potential in agriculture, through further weeding efforts, row-crop cleaning, monitoring, surveying, and even crop scouting. 

“So now I think it’s about finding the right application for starting to push these robot-tractors,” says Simonsen in the following interview. “I think there will be now, a trend to having minor — or smaller — machines working in a swarm, or in a collaborative way, so that you might achieve the same result with five smaller, autonomous tractors than you could do with one big one.”

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