Verdant Robotics Unveils Multi-Action Agricultural Robot for Specialty Crops
Vedant Robotics, based in Hayward, Calif., announced the expansion of its robot-as-a-service (RaaS) model to ensure access for more specialty crop farmers.
Founded in 2018, Vedant Robotics has raised $21.5 million to develop a multi-function autonomous agricultural robot capable of millimeter-precise spraying, laser weeding and precise AI-based digital crop modeling down to the level of each plant. Vedant uses these tools to achieve better results – bigger products, better yields and significant cost savings.
The company has already committed to serving approximately 40% of the US carrot market exclusively over the next five years and intends to offer a multi-action orchard machine by 2023. It is currently evolving to meet the needs several billion US dollars. the dollar fruit and vegetable industry.
Vedant says its 6-row and 12-row robot-as-a-service commercial agricultural tools can treat up to 4.2 acres per hour, achieving a higher weed kill rate per acre than other technologies or human capabilities and reducing chemical usage by up to 95%. At the same time, its self-contained software system collects data and uses machine learning capabilities to optimize yield and growth results, ultimately unlocking new revenue to help farmers achieve their profitability and sustainability goals.
“Farmers told us not to give them more data, but to know what to do with the mountains of data they already have, or better yet, go for it,” said Gabe Sibley, co-founder and CEO of Verdant, who brings more than 20 years of experience in geospatial computing and AI. “They want a complete solution that works in real time and keeps farmers in control, while improving profitability and automating dangerous and backbreaking field work.”
The model combines computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, GPS-less navigation, chemistry, and soil and plant science – to achieve the next generation of agricultural production.
Verdant has leveraged investments from leading agricultural investors including DCVC Bio, Autotech Ventures, Future Ventures, AgFunder, among others. The company is now expanding its platform with plans to bring a precision multi-action orchard machine to market by 2023 – providing another first for the specialty crops industry.
Farm robotics startups brought in $491 million in investment in the first half of 2021, a 40% increase from the same period in 2020, according to AgFunder, but so far the real robotics on the farm has mainly been on trial. After a successful large-scale deployment over the past 18 months, Verdant has logged thousands of hours in 2021 and has already proven itself across multiple crops.