One area where Australia is leading the sector is in field robotics at the University of Sydney.
Professor Salah Sukkarieh and his team at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics have contracts with agriculture, mining and commercial aviation.
Its new ‘shrimp’ robot, named for its 16 sensors, is being trialled in apple and almond orchards.
“It’s able to go up and down rows autonomously and detect [and count very rapidly] individual features like flowers, fruit or nuts,” Professor Sakkarieh said.
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