GUSS Eschews Multi-Purpose "Platform" Play to Stick with Autonomous Crop Spraying
The company is also not interested in creating a robot-as-a-service business.
I learned so many interesting tid-bits about agricultural crop spraying during my recent chat with Gary Thompson, COO of autonomous sprayer company GUSS that I don’t want to bury them in some lengthy intro. Not only do these bits shed light on how big farms work, but they also provide additional context around why self-driving robots can be useful for ag companies. Did you know:
Most crop spraying happens at night because the extreme heat of the day can diminish the efficacy of the chemicals being applied
Because crops are sprayed at night, it’s more of a challenge to find people to do the job — you know on top of the fact that the work requires being in close proximity to pesticides and other chemicals for extended periods of time
If a human drives a crop sprayer too quickly (more than 2 - 3 mph), the sprayer doesn’t create enough turbulence and therefore the chemical application does not cover all of the leaves on a tree
GPS for vehicle navigation does not work very well under the den…
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