Oxin vineyard robot to compete in new Ag Robot of the Year election

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The Oxin vineyard robot has two tracks and can drive up to 6 km/h fast. Thanks to the tracks, it can pivot steer if required. - Photo: Smart Machine
The Oxin vineyard robot has two tracks and can drive up to 6 km/h fast. Thanks to the tracks, it can pivot steer if required. - Photo: Smart Machine

The Oxin vineyard robot from The Smart Machine Company is challenging the other contestants in the new Ag Robot of the Year election.

The Smart Machine Company from New Zealand submitted its multipurpose vineyard robot Oxin for the Ag Robot of the Year award 2023. This new award is a next initiative of Future Farming magazine and the FIRA international robot event.

New outdoor field and harvest robots that farmers can buy or rent in 2023 and that are included in Future Farming’s field robot buying guide, are eligible for the award. Smart Machine submitted their nomination in time and is now also included in the field robots catalogue.

Fully autonomous multitasking vineyard robot

The developers refer to Oxin as a fully autonomous multitasking robot for safe, efficient and sustainable vineyards and orchards. The development of the tracked multifunctional vineyard robot started in 2019. It is available with various combustion (diesel) engines as well as with an electrical powerpack and batteries.

The choice of driveline affects the empty weight of the robot ranging from 1,200 to 3,200 kg. Oxin has two tracks and can drive up to 6 km/h fast. Thanks to the tracks, it can pivot steer if required.

It can control up to three implements at once for tasks such as mowing/slashing, mulching, cultivation, spraying, green trimming, pneumatic leaf defoliation and weed spraying. This year, Oxin is available to farmers in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Prices start at US $220,000. All details can be found here.

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The vineyard robot can control up to three implements at once for various tasks and one operator can control multiple units. - Photo: Smart Machine
The vineyard robot can control up to three implements at once for various tasks and one operator can control multiple units. - Photo: Smart Machine
Koerhuis
René Koerhuis Precision Farming Specialist

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