Augmented autonomy ensures robots operate safely

Flavien Roussel, Naio Technologies

One of the keys to the evolution and adoption of agricultural robots is to ensure the machines can meet safety standards while working autonomously.

At Agritechnica ’23 in Germany, French robot manufacturer Naïo Technologies announced that its robots will now be available with augmented autonomy — what the company describes as revolutionary technology that allows the robot fleet to function fully autonomously, while adhering to all regulatory and safety requirements.

Naïo currently manufactures four different robots — Ted, Jo, Oz and Orio — that perform a range of tasks, including herbicide application and cultivation, in vineyards, and vegetable and row crops.

In this interview, Naïo communication content manager Flavien Roussel tells RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin how augmented autonomy will allow entire fleets of robots to operate autonomously without a human operator. “This results in significant time savings and increased efficiency,” he says. (Story continues after the video.)

To deliver required security, augmented autonomy utilizes a “geofencing” module that prevents the robot from leaving a predefined area when it operates in autonomous mode. It also utilizes a patented obstacle detection system. The company says it’s the only manufacturer to offer a CE and FCC certified autonomy for both its light and heavy robots.

Naïo assumes liability in the event of an incident, provided the usage conditions are respected.

RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agritechnica is brought to you by Optimum Gly, a new canola trait technology from Corteva Agriscience.  

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