CNH Industrial Ventures has acquired a 10% minority stake in Stout Industrial Technology (Stout). The US-based startup is focused on smart implements for agriculture that are powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
See & Act allows machines to carry out tasks based on sensor-detected data. Stout has demonstrated results in this field with their Smart Cultivator – a software-controlled implement for tractors that uses cameras, AI and proprietary vision technology to distinguish crops from weeds. Once identified, the implement simultaneously cultivates crops and removes weeds.
Ultimately this technology simplifies cultivating and weeding for farmers, letting them perform the tasks simultaneously – and without the use of chemicals. Stout’s existing platform expands CNHI’s mechanical weeding product offering and will accelerate the development of further cultivation solutions. Stout machines will soon be distributed via the CNHI New Holland brand’s dealer network.