Agricultural start-up unveils autonomous robot that uses AI to eliminate weeds

Carbon Robotics, a Seattle-based company led by Paul Mikesell, co-founder of Isilon Systems, unveils its autonomous robot that uses artificial intelligence to identify weeds growing in vegetable fields, then zaps them with precision thermal bursts from the lasers. GeekWire Reports: [W]What farmers need is less a revolution in farming methods and more a revolutionary tool that fits into their current farming models, Mikesell said. Carbon has worked closely with farmers in eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, he said. As a result, Carbon’s robot system – the stand-alone weeder – was built roughly the size of an average tractor, so that it fits into the furrows between rows of common crops like onions and sweet potatoes.

It can cover up to 16 acres of cropland per day, killing up to 100,000 weeds per hour, Mikesell said. And since it’s self-contained, all a farmer has to do is bring it to the field in the morning and turn it on. “We really intend not to force farmers to change the way they do things,” Mikesell said. “This has been the key to our success. We integrate seamlessly into their operations.”

Carbon has sold all the robots it has built for the 2021 planting season and is looking for an industrial partner who could help it build more units for 2022, Mikesell said. The company is looking to get into the hundreds of units built and shipped for next year, he said. “There is a demand for more than that, tens or hundreds of thousands of them.”

Agricultural start-up unveils autonomous robot that uses AI to eliminate weeds

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