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A robot is killing weeds by zapping them with electricity

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A robot is killing weeds by zapping them with electricity

Tom (left) and Dick (right) are farming robots that work together to kill weeds without using chemicals. Article by Stephanie Bailey. CNN Business – June 9, 2021

London (CNN Business) — On a field in England, three robots have been given a mission: to find and zap weeds with electricity before planting seeds in the cleared soil.

The robots — named Tom, Dick and Harry — were developed by Small Robot Company to rid land of unwanted weeds with minimal use of chemicals and heavy machinery.

The startup has been working on its autonomous weed killers since 2017, and this April launched Tom, its first commercial robot which is now operational on three UK farms. The other robots are still in the prototype stage, undergoing testing. […]

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