The first field trials of a robotic raspberry harvesting system were trialed at a farm in the UK as reported on Phys.org. This system was developed at the University of Plymouth and spinoff company Fieldwork Robotics.
Raspberries were selected as the trial crop as they are hard to pick, are more easily damaged than other soft fruits, and the foliage and berry system presents challenges to vision software. The system also has been tested in strawberries and other vegetables.
Field trials were held at Hall Hunter Partnership in Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
“Starting the field testing at Hall Hunter Partnership is a major milestone for us and will give us invaluable feedback to keep developing the system towards commercialization, as part of our Innovate UK funding,” said Martin Stoelen, Lecturer in Robotics at University of Plymouth’s School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics.