A novel low-cost mobile robot for rapid prototyping of precision farming applications

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Abstract

Experimental research in precision farming is a significant challenge due to the considerable resources required to perform field experiments. Simulating the field environment is a frequently used technique which is useful for functional software tests, but beyond that it is necessary to perform field experiments using field robots which is typically a demanding task in terms of time consumption and logistics. Small indoor robots are sometimes used to emulate the larger field robots which allows for rapid prototyping and intermediate testing in the laboratory before moving to the field experiments.

In this work we present a novel FrobitPro robot platform designed for rapid prototyping of FroboMind field robot applications. FrobitPro has a fundamental design similar to many current wheeled and tracked robots such as the Kongskilde Robotti, and the workflow of migrating from simulation to FrobitPro to field robot is therefore merely a matter of using different low level interface components. The FrobitPro robot is capable of carrying larger sensors such as RTK- GNSS, LIDAR and 3d stereo vision cameras. The platform supports interchangeable wheels for accurate indoor driving as well as outdoor driving in semi-rugged terrain such as grass fields and bare soil.

This paper presents the FrobitPro robot and describes two use cases in current research projects, namely the Grassbots project which focuses on harvesting of grass on lowland areas for biofuel production and the SAFE project focusing on safe perception and behavior in autonomous agricultural machines.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date24. Nov 2014
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24. Nov 2014
EventNJF Seminar: Future arable farming and agricultural engineering. - Herning Kongres Center, Herning, Denmark
Duration: 24. Nov 201425. Nov 2014
Conference number: 477

Seminar

SeminarNJF Seminar
Number477
LocationHerning Kongres Center
CountryDenmark
CityHerning
Period24/11/201425/11/2014

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