Solar robot and AI in large-scale agriculture

Artificial Intelligence has arrived in agriculture to optimize its results. Recently, they launched in Brazil an innovative solar robot known as “The Solix”, which can effectively compete with tractors in large-scale agricultural activities.

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The Solix – Solar robot – Image by Xataka
The solar robot and AI farming

In a world where more and more farmers are looking to reduce their costs and at the same time develop farming tasks with greater precision, AI provides them with autonomous machinery. In Brazil they presented “the Solix”, which is a solar-powered robot. Although it is not the first robot to help with farm tasks. There are drones, autonomous tractors and others that even analyze the best conditions for sowing.

Nowadays, agricultural tasks need safety, speed and not making mistakes during the process. That is why many startups are developing products to make field tasks more efficient. The Brazilian company manufactured this robot to develop large-scale agriculture more efficiently. “The Solix is a solar-powered machine capable of working without pause in a fully autonomous way.

The Solix and its advantages

The solar panels recharge the batteries, so the Solix can operate for three days without recharging. That’s how long it can operate even without sunlight.

It is responsible for executing the following tasks:

  • It walks the crops to monitor their condition.
  • It collects information with which it generates in its statistical memory.
  • Based on these statistics, it designs a program to optimize its functions.
  • Based on the information it obtains on its routes and with the help of the AI platform it carries with it, it can spread herbicides where they are needed. In this way, it only spreads in the crop areas that need it and in the right quantities, allowing for no waste.
  • It has a tool that is called a “hunter”. By means of light beams and electricity discharges, it is capable of eliminating insects that damage crops.
  • It detects weeds, thus making it possible to solve the problem prematurely.
Suitable for use in all plantations.

The robot is equipped with cameras and sensors that allow it to follow its paths remotely. It can be used in monoculture plantations, and also in those of many types of crops, such as soybean, corn, wheat, sugarcane or cotton, among others.

The company has orders from farmers in Brazil and the United States, since it has factories in both countries where it can assemble them. For the remainder of 2023 it plans to deliver about 50 robots, although by 2024 it has 250 already booked. However, its plans for the near future are to manufacture 1,500 robots per year at a cost of $50,000 per unit.

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