🧠🚜 Driverless in the field: Agriculture companies Krone and Lemken rely on software from Apex.AI for autonomous farming machines
Apex.AI, a company that develops safety-certified software for mobility and autonomous applications, announced today a joint product development project for commercial-ready autonomous farming systems with Krone, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery and precision agricultural technology, and Lemken, a company that manufactures innovative machines for tillage, sowing and sustainable plant care. The ‘Combined Powers’ concept vehicle, which was developed by Krone and Lemken, is an autonomous drive unit that acts as a smart system that can plow, cultivate, sow, mow, turn and swath. The companies are now transitioning the concept carrier vehicle from the prototype stage to series production by leveraging Apex.AI’s Software Development Kit (SDK), consisting of Apex.Grace and Apex.Ida.
Partnership Brings New Capabilities to Autonomous Farming Robot
Apex.AI is expanding its partnership with agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO, offering its software development kit to bring autonomous capabilities to AGCO’s farming robot concept vehicle, Fendt Xaver.
The battery-powered, cloud-controlled Xaver bots can autonomously plant seeds on farms 24 hours a day and boast centimeter precision planting capabilities, using satellite-based navigation to accurately pinpoint the areas for planting. The new software from Apex.AI will bring new sensor features to the bots, including lidar object detection, as well as collision checking and planning to further enhance accuracy and data collection.