Agriculture will have to face new challenges in the coming decades. These include demographic change, climate change and increasingly scarce resources. Automation could make it possible to meet these challenges. Using viticulture as an example, the Co.boter exhibit illustrates how agricultural robots and their work in the fields can change agriculture. Its basic functions are locomotion and coordination of the tool units. Equipped with these, the robot can do a lot of work on the vine.

Equipped with the respective aggregates, Co.boter is able to carry out all work on the vine, including at least foliage pruning, pruning, negative harvesting, stitching, spraying, defoliation and last but not least data acquisition. He manages this with the sensors at his disposal and the software required for data processing.

Harald Schieder /
Prof. Frank Zebner

Diploma 2009