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Canada’s Nexus Robotics Earns $2.6M Grant for Agriculture Robot

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 July 7, 2022

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has awarded a $2.6 million grant to Canada’s Nexus Robotics, which develops an autonomous vehicle that uses machine learning to accurately remove weeds without damaging crops.

The company said it will use the grant funding to create the next generation of its robots, and continue to develop to provide farmers with environmentally friendly benefits. Nexus Robotics’ self-driving robots use a combination of articulated arms, artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms to remove weeds and treat diseased plants, helping to increase crop yield. The company said a single Nexus robot can help reduce herbicide and fungicide application by 50%, and also allows for better use of manual labor in weeding-related tasks.

“This grant not only confirms our technology advancement and the potential of our business model, it also confirms our ESG status and ensures our capacity to pursue our R&D roadmap,” said Luc Labbe, CEO of Nexus Robotics.

The company said it is rolling out the second generation of the field robots in Canadian fields this summer, all of which will move to California later in the year to allow for continuous improvement of the AI software powering the machines over the winter months. The company also plans to showcase its robots at the 2022 FIRA-USA convention in Fresno, Calif., from Oct. 18-20, 2022.

For more details on the company and its robots, visit the Nexus Robotics website here.


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