Ztractor, the Californian startup developing different types of autonomous electric tractors has won two European Product Design Awards.
The jury of this year’s European Product Design Awards (ePDA) organised by the Farmani Group has granted Ztractor two awards for their Bearcub 24 field robot. The robot tractor won in the category robotics, drones and UAV’s and in the category sustainable living/environmental preservation/rural sustainable design.
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With Bearcub 24, the startup claims to have developed the world’s first autonomous electric tractor. Bearcub 24 is to collect real- agriculture data while working in the field. The IoT framework with machine learning algorithm interprets the data to achieve higher efficiency, improve plant condition and increase yield at every farm according to Ztractor. It has an electric powered 3-point hitch and PTO supporting category-1 implements.
According to the jury, ‘their novelty technology is the first practical step to decarbonising the agriculture industry, the third largest contributor to carbon emissions on earth. The tractor is able to improve both the working conditions of the agriculture workforce and open up opportunities for analysis of crops to improve yield and other optimisation of agriculture using artificial intelligence.’
While the Bearcub 24 model can currently be pre-ordered, the company is working on two other robot models as well: Mars 45 and Superpilot 125. Details on Mars and Superpilot aren’t revealed as yet but you can catch a glimpse of both tracked concepts on the Ztractor website.