Sitia launches hybrid autonomous robot for agriculture
Sitia’s autonomous diesel-and-battery-powered Trektor is able to adapt to various types of crops thanks to its variable heigt and wheelbase.
Trektor is a highly adaptable robot that can vary its track, height and wheelbase to manage tree crops, market gardens, and vineyards with wide or narrow rows. GNSS RTK vision means the robot is accurate within centimeters, while sensors and bumpers act as additional safety precautions.
A range of implements and existing tools
The autonomous diesel-and-battery-powered machine works with a range of implements and existing tools. That means it can be used like a traditional tractor to all grounds works and more. Often, several tasks can be accomplished at the same time.
Trektor is equipped with a standard three-point linkage (cat. 2), attachment points are located behind and between the wheels. That means growers can use their existing tools. The variable width, heigt and wheelbase makes it possible to adapt the machine to different implements and different crops.
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Trektor is the first hybrid robot for agriculture. The machine is able to work on different crops and to perform many repetitive tasks (such as soil cultivation, spraying, hoeing). - Photo: GOFAR
Trektor a “transition machine”
“We consider Trektor to be a transition machine because we want to give the opportunity to farmers to be able to use their today existing implements, and maybe, if they want, they will be able to use Trektor when they are ready for the new practices that are coming (electrical implements or data analysis, for example),” said Fabien Arignon, Sitia’s CEO and general manager, on the GOFAR website.
Sitia is working to improve Trektor’s capabilities by partnering with universities on research and development and with implement manufacturers on testing.
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