Robots in the field

A smart approach to weeds

Based in western Switzerland, ecoRobotix SA is revolutionising weed control in agriculture. Autonomous precision robots, communicating via 5G, work on agricultural areas – spraying 90% less herbicide in the process. Clever thinking and modern technology replacing sore backs – smart farming at its best!
Res Witschi
Res Witschi, Delegate for Sustainable Digitalization
20 July 2020

«Technology for Environment” is the motto of ecoRobotix SA, based in Yverdon-les-Bains. These ideals take material form in the AVO weeding robot.

Treating weeds with the autonomous robots of ecoRobotix is up to 50% cheaper than conventional methods.

It is a first in terms of fully autonomous, more ecological and economical weed control. It applies herbicides with a pipette instead of a watering can, safeguarding the full yield of the crop. The machine is also powered by solar energy and electric motors, which means that it never needs to be plugged in for recharging.

Yields are increased due to the targeted application of the plant protection products.

5G capability is central to the AVO weeding robot. “5G allows our robot to gather lots of important data and to process and provide important feedback to the farmer. Examples include plant growth, fungal attacks or insect infestation," explains Aurélien G. Demareux, co-founder of the company.

And its lightweight design means soil compaction is practically no longer an issue.

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Contributing to sustainability

Weeding robots make a direct contribution to the following United Nation goals for sustainable development:

Robots allow the targeted use of herbicides, reducing them by up to 90% which also helps protect ground water.

The use of solar power and electric motors makes farming more environmentally friendly.

The reduction of herbicides contributes to the sustainable use of land ecosystems and can reduce soil degradation and biodiversity loss.