Abundant’s apple harvesting robots get their first commercial deployment

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We’ve been writing about Abundant Robotics for roughly three years at this point. Now the SRI spin-out is finally ready for prime time. Abundant announced this week that New Zealand-based T&G Global will be using its robots to harvest apples.

Abundant says the news is part of a plan to be involved in year-round picking, by teaming with companies in both hemispheres, starting with this first deployment in New Zealand.

“Developing an automated apple harvester requires solving a number of complex technical problems in parallel, from visually identifying harvestable fruit and physically manipulating it to pick without bruising, to safely navigating the orchard itself,” Abundant CEO Dan Steere said in a press release tied to the announcement. READ MORE AT TECHCRUNCH.COM