- Manufacturer: PeK Automotive (Slovenia)
- Robot: Slopehelper
- Task(s): Multifunctional vineyard and orchard robot
- Development start: 2019
- Pricing: Sale. €75,500 (US $85,000) to €142.000 (US $160,000)
The nature of Slopehelper’s autonomous activities partly already is in its name: providing growers with a multifunctional robot for any activity in vineyards and orchards. This ranges from spraying and fertiliser application to trimming, mulching, HV cutting, deleafing and harvesting. The robot is electrically driven, fully runs on lithium batteries and can handle slopes in any direction of up to 42 degrees, traveling at maximum speeds of 10 km/h (6 mph) and up to 14 hours on a single charge. Its body is sealed and waterproof. Slopehelper is able to autonomously determine the end of the row and perform an autonomous U-turn for the next row. It incorporates an auto-balancing central cargo platform ensuring that the centre of mass is always within the vehicle’s dimensions.
Drive train type
48 Volts on board, immediate pulling force over 20 kN, slopes of up to 42 degrees, only electromechanical transmission including the attached implements.
To navigate on a plantation, Slopehelper uses differential GNSS, touch sensors, and radars. Radars scan the surroundings area and help detect obstacles. Slopehelper can work at any time of the day thanks to permanently active radars, sensors, and an on-board plantation map.
Look for all specifications in the table below.
|Dimensions||Length : 2.60m/8.64 feet. Width : 1.60m/5.30 feet. Height: 1.30m/4.32 feet. Track width 1.60m/5.30 feet|
|Energy stock/range||One full battery set is enough for 14 hours of work (depends on the type of operation).|
|Output capacity||1 hectare per hour depending on the type of operation.|
|Navigation system||Slopehelper uses differential GNSS, touch sensors, and radars.|
|Pricing||Sale. €75,500 (US $85,000) to €142.000 (US $160,000). No leasing is available for now.|
|Units operational (total end 2021)||7 units in Slovenia. By the end of 2022 we plan 15 more units|