Fieldin acquires autonomous driving company Midnight Robotics

Fieldin acquires autonomous driving company Midnight Robotics
Photo: FieldIn

Fieldin’s addition of Midnight Robotics’ robotic and autonomous driving technology now also offers guided decision-making and autonomous execution via driverless tractors and other machinery from within the same smart farming dashboard.

Fieldin is a smart farm operations management company for high-value crops. The company announced today that it has acquired agricultural autonomous driving company Midnight Robotics. The acquisition is to create a first-of-its-kind combination of a sensor-based operational farming platform with autonomous driving technologies to empower growers in the day-to-day management of their farms.

Fieldin is already deploying its combined autonomous farming platform in major farms in California and plans additional deployments of the end-to-end system in the coming months.

Driverless tractors

Fieldin’s addition of Midnight Robotics’ deep robotic and autonomous driving technology is to enable an all-in-one solution to maximise accuracy and productivity on the farm. The platform collects farming data and turns it into actionable insights and now also offers guided decision-making and autonomous execution via driverless tractors and other machinery from within the same dashboard.

The onboarding of these new autonomous capabilities takes under a day, with Fieldin arriving at the farm and retrofitting tractors and other farming machinery with LiDAR-based autonomy kits that feed data back to the platform in real-time.

“Many people think that autonomous tractors are some magic solution, but at the end of the day, they’re just machinery – your autonomous farm can only be as good as your farm management data, and that’s why this acquisition is driving the autonomous farming revolution forward,” said Boaz Bachar, CEO and Co-Founder of Fieldin.

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Fieldin can retrofit tractors and other farming machinery with LiDAR-based autonomy kits that feed data back to the SaaS smart farming platform in real-time. - Photo: Fieldin
Fieldin can retrofit tractors and other farming machinery with LiDAR-based autonomy kits that feed data back to the SaaS smart farming platform in real-time. - Photo: Fieldin

“Over the past eight years we’ve digitized hundreds of farms and over 10,000 tractors and pieces of farming equipment and amassed a trove of invaluable data that can offer insights into best practices in farm management. By acquiring Midnight Robotics, we’re helping farmers close the loop from insight to autonomous action, so they know exactly what they need to do and execute it autonomously, all through the same platform,” Bachar said.

Sensor-based data

Since launching, Fieldin has provided a smart farming SaaS platform that utilises sensor-based data to help growers worldwide improve production, operational transparency, and efficiency by monitoring field activities remotely and seamlessly integrating with existing technologies, equipment, and personnel to provide full visibility into day-to-day operations. The company is the largest smart farm operations management company in the US, with 30% of US-based lettuce crops and 20% of the world’s almond crop run through their platform.

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Fieldin's platform now also offers guided decision-making and autonomous execution via driverless tractors and other machinery from within the same dashboard. - Photo: Fieldin
Fieldin's platform now also offers guided decision-making and autonomous execution via driverless tractors and other machinery from within the same dashboard. - Photo: Fieldin

Retrofit kit

Midnight Robotics uses computer vision and AI to develop autonomous agricultural driving technology that offer a complement to Fieldin’s platform. The company’s core product is a retrofit kit that can transform any tractor to work autonomously using advanced LiDAR perception algorithms that enable a solution for autonomous operation and precise execution.

“It’s not enough to have great agricultural data or great autonomous technology – you need to have both to make autonomous farming a reality. What’s so powerful about this merger is the potent combination of Fieldin’s farming data collection, which includes over 49 million hours’ worth of tractor driving, with our driverless technology expertise,” noted Horovitz. “We’re excited to join forces with Fieldin because only together will we be able to help farmers reap the benefits of smart and autonomous farming – not a decade from now, but today.”

Claver
Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming