Kubota invests in Tevel Aerobotics' fruit picking robots


Kubota is investing $20 million in Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, an industry leader in the flying, autonomous fruit-picking robot harvesting segment.

Founded in 2017 in Israel, Tevel is developing autonomous flying robots for fruit picking and is combining artificial intelligence with computer vision, advanced robotics, aeronautical engineering, state-of-the-art flight control and data fusion and perception.

Tevel has solved numerous technological challenges and is expected to implement commercial roll-out of its fruit-picking robots in 2021. The company said its solution delivers the highest performance at the lowest cost, along with high levels of flexibility that enable the harvest of multiple fruit types, including apples, pears and avocado.
The strategic positioning of Kubota as a leader in global agriculture and equipment manufacturing, together with Tevel, will reinforce the company’s development of automation technology for fruit-picking. It will also enable the launch of a solutions business utilizing these technologies, that will contribute to labour-saving and efficiency gains in farming.
In 2019, Kubota founded Innovation Centres in Japan and Europe, as divisions for the creation of new business ventures, products and services. Kubota’s Innovation Centres help to produce an environment that fosters and promotes innovation through partnerships with external businesses, such as agricultural technology start-ups, food producers, research institutes and universities.


New AG International November/December 2020


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