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Panasonic backs Swiss smart farming robot project

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By Nick Flaherty


Panasonic Industry is backing a Robotic Weeding System project at ETH Zurich for smart farming applications.

The Rowesys project  is developing an autonomous smart farming system for mechanical weed control and drastically reduce the use of herbicides for more sustainable farming method.

Cameras underneath the battery-powered and GPS-guided vehicle scan the field and the crops, allowing the agricultural robot, or agbot, to navigate through the rows and identify weeds. Small ploughs mounted on the back of the robot pull the roots of weeds from the soil to dry out. As a result, a farmer can reduce the use of herbicides, which is beneficial for the crop and for the soil.

Agbots are a key area of development in Europe to boost farming productivity without compromising the soil, particularly using machine learning and computer vision systems.

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“Innovative solutions for a sustainable future are engrained into Panasonics philosophy of contributing to society. The idea and commitment of the students engaged with the Rowesys project convinced us right away to support these young talents.” says Daniel Prohart, Global Brand Manager, Panasonic.

“New ideas, innovative solutions, and a goal to increase sustainability – these three pillars are the common core values of Panasonic Industry and the Rowesys team – therefore, we are very happy to engage into the partnership and are looking forward to working with the students of the ETH Zurich,” said Alexander Schultz-Storz, Division Head, Cross Value Competence Department, Panasonic Industry Europe.

rowesys.ethz.ch/; www.panasonic.com;

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