Autonomous off-road mobile robot to optimize vineyard performance

VINBOT is an all-terrain autonomous mobile robot (Summit XL) with a set of sensors capable of capturing and analysing vineyard images and 3D data by means of cloud computing applications, to determine the yield of vineyards and to share information with the winegrowers.

VinBot responds to a need to boost the quality of European wines by implementing precision viticulture (PV) to estimate the yield (amount of fruit per square metre of vine area: kg/m2). Winegrowers need to be able to estimate yield accurately to perform yearly canopy management techniques, and harvest vineyard areas sequentially, according to the optimal ripeness of the grape in each area, which improves wine quality.

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