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By the end of 2015 Abundant decided that their research was ready to move into commercialisation mode.
Since then the company has been testing and improving several prototypes on a range of orchards and orchard systems throughout the world including right here in Australia.
Each prototype has improved on prior performance and incorporated increasing complexity.
They now have a machine that can go into an orchard, will recognise the apple to be picked, and then picks the apple without damaging the tree or the fruit.
For growers looking at this as Dan will explain the key factor for success will be fruit accessibility.
Most of Dan’s team came from the Robotics Division of SRI International, a research lab in California, where they began researching automated apple picking in 2013.
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