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Row Crop Robots Replace Tractors
Naio Technologies’ Orio robot is designed for plowing, weeding, seeding, and tilling, primarily in row crops and vegetable beds. It’s popular with growers of lettuce, carrots, parsnips, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, various herbs and more.
“We think of our robots not as tractors but as autonomous tool carriers,” says Christian Melendez, Director of Sales, North America. “One of our priorities at Naio is ease of use, so we make our robots cover a wide range of tools.”
The Orio uses a self-contained Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) based GPS system delivering accuracy and precision down to 1 to 2 in.
    “Because it’s self-contained, it requires no external towers. This allows even the smallest growers to take advantage of superior RTK technology,” Melendez says.
The robot features a series of ground shovels, packer wheels, and rotating fingers and is driven by four 3000-watt 48-volt electrical engines powered by four rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Ground speed of the robot varies from 1.5 mph to 3 mph depending on local regulations, but as laws evolve, Melendez expects the speed will be increased.
All of Naio’s robots, including the Orio, are manufactured in France and are available for purchase in North America.
“Our market strategy involves a strong dealer network,” he says. “Ideally, this is the best way forward as dealers have existing relationships with the end users. We’ve already sold over 400 robots.”
Melendez says Naio’s robots start with pricing in the upper $40,000’s for the smallest units and range into the high $200,000’s for their largest offerings.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Christian Obed Melendez, NAIO Technologies (ph 805-345-6295; christian.melendez@naio-technologies.com; www.naio-technologies.com).

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