The Thorvald II Agricultural Robotic System

Grimstad, Lars and From, Pal (2017) The Thorvald II Agricultural Robotic System. Robotics, 6 (4). p. 24. ISSN 2218-6581

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The Thorvald II Agricultural Robotic System
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This paper presents a novel and modular approach to agricultural robots. Food production is highly diverse in several aspects. Even farms that grow the same crops may differ in topology, infrastructure, production method, and so on. Modular robots help us adapt to this diversity, as they can quickly be configured for various farm environments. The robots presented in this paper are hardware modular in the sense that they can be reconfigured to obtain the necessary physical properties to operate in different production systems—such as tunnels, greenhouses and open fields—and their mechanical properties can be adapted to adjust for track width, power requirements, ground clearance, load capacity, and so on. The robot’s software is generalizing to work with the great variation of robot designs that can be realized by assembling hardware modules in different configurations. The paper presents several novel ideas for agricultural robotics, as well as extensive field trials of several different versions of the Thorvald II platform.

Keywords:Modular Robots, Agricultural Robotics, Field Robotics, Agriculture
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D470 Agricultural Technology
H Engineering > H671 Robotics
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
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Deposited On:23 Dec 2019 11:39

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