Alphabet's X lab has unveiled its latest frontier project: a crop inspection robot called the 'plant buggy'. Basically a farmer equipped with AI for smart agriculture.
The solar-powered prototype roams autonomously through the fields using GPS to identify the location of the plants. When he finds them, he uses cameras and a sensor system to study the crop and any problems in the field.
How Plant Buggy Works
The cart combines data collected from the field, such as plant height and fruit size, with environmental factors. Plant Buggy basically crosses what it "sees" with weather forecasts, soil information and other information. All the collected material is then analyzed by a machine learning system to evaluate how the crops grow and interact with the surrounding environment.
The stroller was tested in California strawberry fields and Illinois soybean fields. It has already analyzed the life cycles of a number of crops, including melons, berries, lettuce, oilseeds, oats and barley. Precision agriculture more and more advanced.
A says that Plant Buggy can help farmers treat individual plants and predict how different crops will respond to their treatments. Intelligent farming can use information to detect diseases before they ruin all the work done for planting, or to predict the size and yield of a crop.
The device is part of an X project called Mineral, which was formed to develop "computational agriculture" that analyzes information about the plant world to help make agriculture more sustainable.