The Korea Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (IPET) said that its newly-developed robot can navigate around a farm to carry crops from a paddock to a warehouse. The localized robot helper is about the half price of its foreign counterparts and costs some 15 million won ($12,573).
"It is important to accelerate the digital transformation and automation of farm equipment in order to increase farmers' profits and produce high-quality crops," IPET head Oh Byung-seok said in a statement on October 13. The robot will help farmers concentrate on the tending of crops.
Autonomous robots that follow the heels of co-workers have been tested in various sectors. In 2020, South Korea's top telecom company KT showcased 5G-connected autonomous cargo robots that carry heavy parcels around a logistics warehouse. The company found that human workers were able to reduce the distance they travel by 47 percent thanks to smart robots navigating around a warehouse to carry heavy cargo.
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