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  • Manufacturer: Elatec (France)
  • Robot(s): E-Tract
  • Task(s): generic tool carrier with standard 3-point hitch
  • Development start: 2018
  • Pricing: sells at € 65,000
  • Units active: 2
  • Availability: France, The Netherlands

The E-Tract is a generic tool-carrying robot with two positions for attaching implements. It has a triangle in the centre and standard 3-point category 1 hitch at the rear. You can thus attach standard implements that are generally used in vegetable cultivation for for instance mechanical weeding, spraying and phenotyping. The robot is electrically driven and runs entirely on lithium batteries. For guidance and navigation it uses either a colour and 3D camera or cameras and RTK-gps. The implement position in the centre enables optimal control of the working depth of for instance a hoeing machine. Since mid-2019, two E-Tracts are being tested in France at the test centre for fruits and vegetables (CTIFL) for spraying and hoeing and this year it will be for sale in France and in The Netherlands priced from €65,000.

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