Nexus Robotics, a Nova Scotian technology startup, develops autonomous robotic solutions for agriculture using machine learning. It has received $2.6 million in grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). Previously, the company raised $1.7 million in seed financing for its fully autonomous weeding robot.
The funds will be used by Nexus Robotics to create the next generation of robots and continue to develop intensively to provide farmers with even more environmentally-friendly benefits. It will bring a truly revolutionary product to the agro technology market worldwide.
“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 Labbé, CEO.
Deploys self-driving robots
Nexus Robotics deploys a very unique combination of articulated arms, Artificial Intelligence and advanced algorithms to remove weeds and treat diseased plants. Itz self-driving robots help increase crop yield. A single Nexus robot can help reduce herbicide and fungicide application by 50%, and allows for better use of manual labour by replacing up to five people in the weeding-related task.
The company is in plans to roll out the second generation of Nexus Robotics field robots in Canadian fields this summer. Later this year, it will roll out these robots in California. There will be continuous improvement of the AI software powering the machines over the winter months.
Nexus Robotics will attend and showcase its robot at the 2022 FIRA-USA convention in Fresno, California from October 18 to 20, 2022.
La Chevre: How does it work?
Nexus Robotics was founded by Jad Tawil and Teric Greenan in 2017 in Canada. Its new prototype named “La Chevre” is able to navigate and remove weeds autonomously. It uses cameras and a neural network to differentiate between weeds and crops. It is specialised in removing weeds accurately without damaging crops. It is capable of removing weeds from many different crops while operating 24 hours a day and recognise crops at all stages of growth.
It integrates precision controls and advanced optics into a fully autonomous vehicle that uses machine learning to accurately remove weeds without damaging crops. Together with our customers and partners, Nexus is reimagining how farm work gets done.
La Chevre constantly collects data about the crop and growing conditions. This information allows the farmer to make more educated decisions about soil fertility and disease remediation. Superior records from the growing season result in potential for improved growing conditions.