French robot company Naio Technologies recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and logged more than 60,000 hours of operations under real world conditions with its agriculture robots. The company has its US headquarters in Salinas (CA), and has been operating agricultural robots in North America since 2019.
In news this week, Naio Technologies Orio is a brand-new multi-crop / multi-task robot that was selected among the TOP 10 New Products at the recognized World Ag Expo 2022. Naio Technologies has been active in the United States since 2019 with Dino, its mechanical weeding robot for vegetables. The company recently released its vineyard robot Ted during CES 2022.
“The Orio is a sustainable alternative to the use of herbicides that respects soils, improves working conditions and collects data for smart farming”, explains Ingrid Sarlandie, COO for Naio Technologies. “Orio offers a sustainable, serviceable and smart farming solution combining high edge technology in robotics and AI. We engineered a light electric and autonomous ag. robot for obvious sustainable reasons: no carbon emission, no chemical use. “
Orio is GPS and camera guided, equipped with multiple sensors running on an algorithm based on artificial intelligence. Orio offers a high precision weeding and a very precise guidance of the implements attached in the center of the robot.
Orio can also has a standard three-point attachment and carry any implement at the rear of the robot. For instance, high accuracy seeding is an additional service Orio is providing to growers allowing enhanced results when combined with weeding.
Orio is all electric and autonomous, in addition the complete solution includes:
- A Robots as a Service (RaaS) business model to the growers for in-row and intra-row weeding of vegetables and leafy greens as well as precision seeding and fertilizing.
- Fleet functionality that enable Orio to be adapted to large scale fields and complete their mission in the field at a faster rate.
- Full remote monitoring and control to Naio’s technical team and customers thanks to a set of sensors and artificial intelligence based on the company comprehensive data set.
The supervision system is able to guarantee safety for humans and infrastructure but also to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the tasks the robot is performing.