Autonomous, solar robot replaces men and traditional machines in an orchard

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The RIPPA (Robot for Intelligent Perception and Precision Application) autonomously navigates its way around an orchard. It is mounted with the VIIPA (Variable Injection Intelligent Precision Applicator), which identifies the exact location of apples and then sprays them for bugs. The system has been developed by the University of Sydney who are also working on a robot arm to pick apples.

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James joined the Industrial Vehicle Technology International team in 2017. Previously he was Assistant Editor on an engineering title for several years and has worked for various other trade magazines before that. James is happily married and has a young daughter who keeps him busy.

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