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Agrobot breaks ground for robotics in fruit picking

Agrobot is one of a growing number or robotics start-ups specializing in harvesting fruit, with increasingly convincing results. Based in Huelva, Spain, the firm has spent 10 years developing a robot specifically for strawberry picking, where there is potential for huge savings as well as cutting out a lot of back breaking human work. Strawberry picking is one area where loss of jobs to automation will be broadly welcomed, since the work is onerous and brings risk of back problems for those doing it regularly. It is a big global industry worth over $16 billion a year, while Spain is by some distance Europe’s largest producer accounting for about 30% of the continent’s crop. It is no surprise then that…

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