On a French vineyard in the Loire valley, a tractor is driving between the grape vines, but there is no one behind the wheel. Meet TREKTOR, the autonomous hybrid robot that works tirelessly to weed the organic vineyard producing some of the finest Gamay wine called Anjou Gamay Village.
After a month of working the land, TREKTOR’s developers, a company called Sitia, reviewed the quality of the work of their autonomous robot. They counted the grape vines which were damaged during operation and approached the farmer to reconcile the liability: 2 grape vines damaged in one month of operation. Sitia was surprised to hear from the farmer: “When I use my manual tractor to get the same job done, I’d be damaging at least two vines a day! How did your tractor manage to be so careful?” Sitia’s developers thought for a while and then responded: “It’s thanks to the high quality and accuracy of the components that are inside”.