- Manufacturer: PeK Automotive (Slovenia)
- Robot(s): Slopehelper
- Task(s): multifunctional vineyard and orchard robot
- Development start: 2019
- Pricing: $73,000 to $160,000, leasing also available
- Units active: undisclosed
- Availability: Europe
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 45 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. It uses differential GNSS and onetime advance geo marking of the field for navigation. 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. Slopehelper is for sale in Europe starting from $73,000 and is also available for lease.