The harvesting period of 2022 is over and the winemakers are already talking about an exceptional year. But let’s see how the BACCHUS robots did on the field.
After the harvesting platform took its first trips on the field during summer 2021, it was sent back to the workshop for enhancements. A lot of data were collected during that period that helped us to improve many hardware aspects.
After the upgrades, the platfrom was ready for deployment early in 2022 at our test field in Ktima Gerovassileiou, Greece. Our team integrated many software components for autonomous navigation, semantic segmentation of the scene (grapes, stems, leaves, etc.) and coordination of the two arms for grasping the grapes and cutting their stem. Most of the modules were experimentally validated.
The inspection took its first ride to our field in Ktima Gerovassileiou early in 2022. With our topological mapping, it was able to navigate autonomously on the field and perform crop mapping. Recording the state of the vineyards every couple of weeks, we recorded valuable data to help us create a long-term database of robot sensor data spanning across various seasons.
With the onboard hyperspectral camera, this platform can also monitor the sugar level of the grapes and pass this information to the harvesting robot to harvest only the top quality ones!