Even before the new Corona was noticed, the last two years had great significance for agricultural robots. Population growth and environmental issues have been a major driving force in thinking about ways to feed people in the future. The pandemic has also spurred concerns as many farmers struggle to secure field workers.
Fieldin, who won the 2016 pitch-off in Tel Aviv and introduced it to TechCrunch, announced plans to acquire Midnight Robotics on November 17th. From the outfield, it’s a good couple. Via Israel and Australia, now based in California, Fieldin will help farmers collect and automate data. Midnight, on the other hand, will bring LiDAR-based sensor technology to agricultural machinery such as tractors.
According to Fieldin, the company’s technology will be up and running in about a day. Like many other services, the company dispatches technicians to farms to support them. At least, it’s cheaper than many existing technologies that have to get new ones.
The acquisition will integrate Midnight’s technology with Fieldin’s existing solutions.
Fieldin co-founder and CEO Boaz Bachar said in a press release: “Over the last eight years, we have digitized hundreds of farms, more than 10,000 tractors, and other agricultural machinery. We are proud to be the most in the world of large-scale farming, and in the meantime. With the acquisition of Midnight Robotics, farmers can close the loop that connects the insights gained from the data to autonomous actions. Farmers know exactly what to do and can do everything autonomously on the same platform. “
Midnight Robotics co-founders Yonatan Horovitz and Edo Reshef will move to Fieldin to become Chief Autonomy office and CTO, respectively. The acquisition also makes them the co-founders of Fieldin.
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