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Kubota invests in robot manufacturer Abundant Robotics

Through the investment Kubota intends to contribute to labor-saving and efficiency improvement in farming. Also, Kubota will launch a rice planting machine with automated driving functions in October.

Kubota Corporation has invested in U.S. based start-up Abundant Robotics. This company offers robotics-based automation in the agriculture field.

Kubota wants to collaborate with start-ups

Last June, Kubota launched its Innovation Center as a division for the pursuit of open innovation based on coordination with external partners. The company states it’s currently pursuing negotiations for collaboration with startups, beginning with Advanced Farm Technologies, Inc., in which Kubota invested last August.

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  • Abundant Robotics was founded in 2016. The company develops apple harvesting robots. - Photos: Kubota

    Abundant Robotics was founded in 2016. The company develops apple harvesting robots. - Photos: Kubota

  • Kubota invests in robot manufacturer Abundant Robotics

Automated fruit harvesting

One area of farming that has caught Kubota’s attention is harvesting. Automated harvesting is in high demand among fruit growers, according to the company. This interest led to the decision to invest in Abundant Robotics, which is developing apple-harvesting robots by using advanced technologies.

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Harvesting apples and other fruits

With this investment, Kubota says it aims to reinforce its development of labor-saving and automation technology for harvesting apples and other fruits and launch a solution business utilising these technologies, thus contributing to labor-saving and efficiency improvement in farming in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Kubota to launch rice planting robot

Kubota Corp. will release a rice planting machine with automated driving functions in October, reports Nippon.com. The automated rice planting machine will use mapping and GPS technology and will be remotely controlled. With the machine, Kubota says only one person is needed to plant rice, instead of two.

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