Robot: Autonomous herbicide sprayer
Task(s): Spraying herbicides
Development start: 2019
Pricing: $298.000 (€302,017 according to the exchange rate of 22-09-2022)
GUSS Herbicide is an autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer that removes the driver from the tractor to save labour and eliminate exposure to the chemicals being sprayed. Nine sensors on the sprayer detect, target and spot spray weeds on the orchard floor, which reduces material usage and drift during application. Reducing the amount of material being sprayed increases safety for the operator, the environment and the food produced. GUSS offers growers the ability to customise the number of precision sensors to meet their needs.
Drive train type
Diesel engine drive.
Height adjustable booms that accommodate 18-to-22-foot row spacing and tilt for varying berm sizes. The breakaway booms prevent damage to trees and crops.
GUSS uses a combination of gps, LiDAR, cameras and other technology to autonomously roll through the orchards, day or night spraying row after row.
|Name/type robot||GUSS Herbicide (USA)|
|Dimensions||Length 23.5 ft (7.2 m), width from 8.3 ft (2.53 m) to 19 ft (5.8 m), height 6.5 ft (1.98 m)|
|Turning radius||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Weight||12,460 lb (5,651 kg)|
|Energy stock/range||13-14 hour run time|
|Driveline||Diesel engine drive|
|Navigation system||Gps, LiDAR, cameras and others|
|Output capacity||7 acres/h depending on speed and row spacing|
|Pricing||$298,000. The 9-sensor precision spot spraying kit is an add-on option of $45,000|
|Availability (countries)||USA and Australia for starters|
|Units operational (total end 2022)||0. Production starts in Spring 2023|