The company says it will use the money to create the next generation of weeding robots.
Nexus Robotics Inc. was awarded $2.6M in grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). The money will be used to develop new weeding robots.
Using a combination of articulated arms, Artificial Intelligence and advanced algorithms to remove weeds and treat diseased plants, Nexus Robotics’ self-driving robots aim to help increase crop yield.
According to Nexus Robotics, in measurable terms, a single Nexus robot can help reduce herbicide and fungicide application by 50%, and allows for better use of manual labor by replacing up to five people in the weeding-related tasks.
At this time, the company is rolling out the second generation of Nexus Robotics field robots in Canadian fields for the summer, all of which will be moving to California later this year to allow for a continuous improvement of the AI software powering the machines over the winter months.
Nexus Robotics will attend and showcase its robot at the 2022 FIRA-USA convention in Fresno, CA from October 18th to 20th, 2022.