Amos fully electric agriculture robot to perform tractor activities
Amos launches two robot-models for agriculture
The Amos Power team designed two models of Amos, A3 and A4. The A3 model is capable of autonomously inter-seeding cover crop, mowing, spraying, and tilling vineyards. The A4 model is larger, with tracks that can be configured to width settings between 54” and 120”. A4 has a width substantially wider than the A3 model with a track width of 42”; this detail makes the A4 model ideal for row crop applications. Boasting 18” of ground clearance, A4 is prepared to challenge even the top diesel compact utility tractors.
Long robot runtime, with super-fast charging possibilities
Both units offer 4–8-hour runtimes with an impressive re-charge time of two hours or less and offer a fully electric PTO. The vehicles make 75-85 horsepower and are capable of detecting obstacles. They are fully autonomous, including trailer auto-load, field mapping, and implement engagement.
Customisation of the robot according to farming needs
Farmers can customize their Amos model based on their specific needs.
Established in 2016, Redshield Electronics is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based developer of software and hardware that enable agricultural vehicle autonomation. Their products include vehicle controllers, vision sensors, and mission control software, allowing Amos to offer best-in-class autonomy.
Amos - actually Amos Power - has partnered with Redshield Electronics. The partnership released the two newest builds of their fully electric autonomous power unit, dubbed Amos. AMOS (Autonomous, Modular, Omni-Scalable) is a tractor design equipped with a fully electric powertrain eliminating on-site operation through autonomous technology. ”Amos’ fully electric power combined with its full autonomy will make it highly sought after for a variety of applications.”, said Tom Boe, Founder and CEO of Amos Power. Amos serves as a strong marker of the future of autonomous vehicles and their ability to significantly impact agricultural industries.
Amos started as a design-build project that aims to solve a common engineering challenge: fitting tractor-quality power and capabilities onto a relatively small tractor frame. According to Founder and CEO, Tom Boe, "Due to its modular design, Amos can be customized to fit the landscape of any field and meet any operation's needs."
Partnering with Redshield Electronics allowed Amos Power to overcome advanced obstacles that often come with designing and building compact modular vehicles capable of autonomous operation. Together, the two companies built two “small” modular vehicles powerful enough to pull large loads along precise routes with an accuracy of +/- 1”. "Advanced machine learning algorithms, and state-of-the art stereo cameras, enable Amos to see, interpret, and react to what is happening around the vehicle,” said Rhett Schildroth, CEO of Redshield Electronics. The Amos team was able to rely heavily on the strong relationships that existed between prototyping, engineering, and tooling professionals within their organization and that of their partners to accomplish the mission. The exercise of designing and engineering Amos as an Omni-Scalable build sets the stage for the future of utilizing the technology across multiple platforms.
Information is based on content provided by Amos Cedar Falls, with original article made at Iowa, March 10th, 2022