Burros are people-scale collaborative robots designed to help people work more productively today, while building the base for more automation where it is needed most.
Burros use computer vision, high precision GPS, and AI to follow people and navigate autonomously from A to B while carrying various payloads.
Burros feature a novel and patent-pending approach called Pop Up Autonomy™ – with Pop Up Autonomy™ Burros work immediately out of the box, everyone becomes an operator, and there is no need for a means of commanding everything centrally or installing infrastructure.
- Computing & Sensors
- Interface, Safety & Lighting
- Size & Weight
- Power & Range
- Pricing & Availability
- Engineering Drawing
- Burro Brand New
People Following Vision basedTeach & Repeat Vision based + GPSRow Following Vision basedTeach & Repeat with Row Following Vision based + GPSObstacle Handling - stopping and avoidance/path planning Vision basedData Collection Up to 1 terabyte/hourCrop Row Scouting Vision basedRemote View Online dashboard view (see robot on map, what it's doing, and what it is seeing)Other behaviors coming soon
Computing & Sensors
Cameras 12GPS RTKCPU & GPU Onboard (all computing onboard/local)Storage 256GB+Modem 4G LTE ModemCooling Zero-ingress forced-air cooling system
Interface, Safety & Lighting
Bumper Bars Front and RearLighting Safety/area lighting front and rearSafety Noises Alerts so users hear Burro and know what Burro is doing
Size & Weight
Weight, lbs. (kg) 420 (190)Max Payload, lbs. (kg) 500 (226)Max Speed, MPH (M/S) 5 (2.25)Length, Inches (cm) 54.7 (138.9)Width, Inches (cm) 27 (68.5) for narrow applications, or 36.25 (92.07) for Table Grape GrowersHeight, Inches (cm) 27.3 (69.3)Tires 14.5 x 5.00-6
Power & Range
Wheel Motors 5 horsepowerRange, miles (KM) 8(12.8). NOTE: Range depends on speed and load.Batteries 2 x 135ah SLA Batteries (base), 2 x 100ah LFP (extended), 2 x 150ah LFP (more range), 2 x 200 ah LFP (biggest available)Battery Charge time 12 hoursBatteries Field Swap-able? yesDC Voltages on platform 12V, 24V (others available)Charger 120V, 3.7amps from circuit, onboard
Pricing & Availability
Availability orders placed today have an 18 week lead timePricing Burros are priced at $20,799, which includes a 3 year sales/support/software updates contract. Alternative pricing, and discounts for volume, are available.Financing Cash, 0% / 24, Leases, and Robots as a service available
Burro Brand New
Q: How is it charged?
A: Burros feature on-board chargers that can be plugged directly into the wall. Each charger pulls up to 3.7 amps at 120V, meaning that a regular 20amp outlet can support 4 Burros (see table below). Batteries can also be swapped in field in 3 minutes without any tools.
Q: How much range does it have?
A: Range is a function of load, speed, terrain, and temperature. In real world testing, our batteries can yield 7 to 8 miles of range while running 2 miles per hour and loaded 50% of the time, with an average load of around 240 pounds.
For growers who need more range, we can offer higher cost batteries in different chemistries, or users can swap batteries over the course of their use.
Q: How many does burro’s crew need?
A: In Table Grape production one Burro can support up to 6 to 8 people working (2-3 packers, 4-6 pickers) depending on crew layout, crop load, and picker speed. You can download this excel model to make different assumptions.
Q: How should I arrange my crew and my vineyard to let Burros work Well?
A: See this video which runs through things you can do to help Burros run smoothly. In short, relatively clean rows without too many weeds or vines hanging down, push packing tables to the opposite row and pick out full rows so that Burros can enter/exit easily, and train your crews so they understand how best to use Burro.
The images below illustrate how we see table grape growers laying out their harvesting crews on top, and the optimal way we have observed to harvest with Burros below.
Setup 1: 6-8 people / Burro in a group
- videos here, here, and here
- Totes are ID’ed with no leaf, one leaf, dried leaf or a stick
- Users become a group, and are responsible for operating Burros, but teams remain
- Consistent gains (20-30% gains across 6-8 people)
Central Field Pack
- Pack team is a production line with the process of packing broken down
- Pickers pick field totes and scan them onto Burro (video here); data goes online for management
- People paid individually for performance
- 30-50% gains across 6-8 people / robot, with much better QC
Q: What is the payback on burro?
A: You can download this excel model which runs through productivity levels the Augean Robotics team has observed while testing with the California Table Grape Commission. In the optimal scenario for Burro, the productivity gains that have been observed through testing should yield a 24 day ROI.
Q: What safety standards apply to burro?
A: See this paper which runs through the safety we have designed into our product.
We offer a barcode scanning system for Burro. With this system, you can get real-time data on employee harvesting productivity. All of this data is also localized to the area from which produce was harvested, enabling primitive yield mapping. The package includes:
- A scanner on each robot
- Access to an API whereby that data can be fed into various systems in real time
Crop Camera Package
Burros can be ordered with a global shutter crop camera and mount. This option is necessary to yield crop scouting data such as cluster counts.
Nursery & Towing Package
Burros can be ordered with a towing package – this includes:
- Central control (maps trained on a single robot, that can be shared to other units on site, and selected to run via an online interface), plus autonomy that considers the size of the trailer for path planning – we charge a recurring fee for this added software
- Larger LFP batteries for added range
Expansion & Tool Development
Our Burros are sold commercially to help growers in specialty crops—table grapes, blueberries, caneberries, and nurseries— who want their crews to be able to do more with less. This modular, people-scale platform currently offers expansive autonomy for in-field transportation, towing, spot-spraying, UV-treatments, and crop scouting, with future potential for high-dexterity tasks including pricking and pruning. Visit our technology page to see our progression towards a fully autonomous tomorrow.
We sell/rent robots, and work collaboratively with research groups and companies to further develop autonomy and capabilities for Burro. If you’re interested in participating, please get in touch!