Volocopter announced that it will partner with John Deere to create an autonomous agricultural drone. Volocopter previously revealed its VoloDrone as an autonomous industrial drone, and the two companies will work to create a system for the drone to perform crop-dusting tasks. John Deere will have the drone fitted with a sprayer as well as a tank, which will allow the drone to distribute fertilizer and anti-frost agents.
Often times crop-dusting is done using helicopters with human pilots, however, using an autonomous agricultural drone could reduce costs and increase efficiency.
Volocopter and John Deere will be conducting tests in order to create a crop-dusting drone that will be operational for the next growing season. Additionally, the companies will look into the VoloDrone's potential abilities to sow seeds.
Image Credit: Volocopter/ John Deere