VIDEO: This robot is weeding out inefficiencies for farmers


Meet Agbot II. This autonomous agricultural marvel is a QUT-led piece of tech with support from industry and government.

Agbot II uses cameras, sensors and software to navigate fields, apply fertiliser, detect weeds and kill them. This tech promises to reduce the cost of weeding by about 90%, saving the Australian agricultural sector $1.3 billion a year in weed control activities.

It will also save the industry an extra $2.5 billion a year in lost agricultural production thanks to Agbot II’s precision, laser-like method of herbicide application.

Researchers say that for the cost of buying the traditional equipment that would usually complete its weeding tasks, they could buy several Agbot IIs, increasing efficiency and reliability.

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