Overview

  • Burro is a collaborative robot designed to help people work more productively while building the base for more automation where it is needed most
  • We have been testing a fleet of Burros through the 2019 table grape season where they have enabled crews of 10 to pick/pack 42% more fruit each day.
  • Now, having proven that our machines can drive productivity gains, and having tested them extensively, we are taking orders for delivery in Spring/Summer 2020.

Burro Video Gallery

Specifications

Autonomy
Computing and Sensors
Interface, Safety, and Lighting
Size & Weight
Power and Range
Pricing and Availability
Engineering Drawings
Autonomy
Autonomy 
People FollowingVision based
Teach and RepeatVision based + GPS
Row FollowingVision based
Teach and Repeat with Row FollowingVision based + GPS
Obstacle handling - stopping and avoidance/path planningVision based
Data Collectionup to 1 terabyte / hour
Crop row scoutingVision based
Remote ViewOnline dashboard view (see robot on map, what it's doing, and what it is seeing)
Other behaviors coming soon
Computing and Sensors
Computing and Sensors 
Cameras12
GPSRTK
CPU & GPUOnboard (all computing onboard/local)
Storage512GB
ModemATT/Verizon 4G LTE Modem
Interface, Safety, and Lighting
Interface, Safety, and Lighting 
Bumper BarsFront and Rear
LightingSaftey/area lighting front and rear
Safety NoisesAlerts so users hear Burro and know what Burro is doing
Size & Weight
Size & Weight 
Weight, lbs. (kg)300 (136)
Max Payload, lbs. (kg)500 (226)
Max Speed, MPH (M/S)5 (2.25)
Length, Inches (cm)52 (132)
Width, Inches (cm)27 (68.5) for narrow applications, or 36 (91.4) for Table Grape Growers
Height, Inches (cm)26 (66)
Tires14.5 x 5.00-6
Power and Range
Power & Range 
Wheel Motors5 horsepower
Range, miles (KM)6(10) with base battery; 8(12.8) extended range battery available
Batteries2 x 100ah SLA Batteries (base). Optional 2 x 125ah Batteries available.
Battery Charge time4 - 5 hours
Batteries Field Swap-able?yes
DC Voltages on platform12V, 24V (others available)
Pricing and Availability
Pricing and Availability 
AvailabilityBurros can be ordered today for delivery in Spring 2020.
Pricing$9,600/Burro with base batteries, or $10,000/Burro with upgraded batteries, plus a required $2,000/year for 2 year service and software updates fee

Q&A

Q: How is it charged?
Q: How much range does it have?
Q: How many does Burros does a crew need?
Q: How should I arrange things on my vineyard to let Burros work well?
Q: What is the payback on a Burro?
Q: What safety standards apply to Burro?
Q: How is it charged?

A: Burro can be plugged into the wall (5 amps at 120V per robot/charger) for charging. Batteries can also be swapped in field in 3 minutes without any tools.  Chargers are IP67 rated.

Q: How much range does it have?

A: Range is a function of load, speed, terrain, and temperature. In real world testing, our base battery option yields 6.5 miles of range while running 2 miles per hour and loaded 50% of the time, with an average load of around 250 pounds. We offer longer range batteries for growers who desire more range.

Q: How many does Burros does a crew need?

A: In Table Grape production one Burro can support up to 8 or 10 people working (2-3 packers, 6-7 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 things on 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 image below illustrates how we typically see table grape growers laying out their harvesting crews on top, and the optimal way we have observed to harvest with Burros below.

Q: What is the payback on a 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.

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