Farming is a tough business and global food demand is surging. There will be an expected 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. At the same time, environmental challenges and labor limitations have made the future uncertain for agricultural managers.
A new company called Future Acres will help enable farmers to do more with less through the power of robots. The company, led by CEO Suma Reddy, who previously served as COO and co-founder at Farmself and has held multiple roles and lead companies focused on the agtech space, has created an autonomous, electric agricultural robotic harvest companion named Carry to help farmers gather hand-picked crops faster and with less physical demand.
"The agricultural industry is facing a seemingly never-ending list of challenges on both a financial- and sustainability-level," Future Acres CEO Reddy told zdnet.com. "Our vision with Carry was to develop a tool and system that could help alleviate these stressors and move the industry forward by providing a helpful operational solution capable of supporting workers, while also reducing costs. Carry is the future of harvesting and will make an immediate impact on the lives of those in the field each and every day."
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Robot Carry uses artificial intelligence, automation, and electric power, to transport up to 500 pounds of crops during harvest. Via computer-vision-powered autonomy or through remote control operation, Carry autonomously follows farmworkers for a whole day's work thanks to a 7-10 hour battery range, allowing 6 to 10 miles of traversed terrain.
Future Acres will roll out Carry to small- and medium-sized farms throughout the United States.