Smart Tractor: Intelligent Machine Makes Vineyards More Ecological

January 2022

How to make wine growing more environmentally friendly? One answer is to design tractors that can tend the grapes more intelligently, say the makers of Vineyard Pilot Assistant, an automated tractor that increases the speed at which vineyards can be worked and weeded and provides a viable alternative to chemical herbicides.

Robot Makers and the agricultural engineering company Braun Maschinenbau were awarded the Innovation Prize from the western German regional state of Rhineland-Palatinate for their invention. “We all want winemaking to be more ecological,” says Robot Makers CEO Bernd Helge Leroch. “This is a milestone. Our machines operate faster than conventional weed-killing sprayer systems.”

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