Vitirover: Smartphone controlled solar powered vineyard robot
Considering the impact of pesticides on soil and to lighten wine’s impact on the soil, David Xavier Beaulieu co-owner of Chateau Coutet – an estate in the Bordeaux, has developed a new solar-powered vineyard robot. Dubbed the Vitirover, the robot is created especially to mow wild plants between vine rows that for now required heavy polluting tractors and herbicides. The Vitirover is remote controlled using a smartphone, and is built-in with GPS so that robot never goes astray.
The solar-powered Vitirover is designed to mow a hectare of vineyard in a hundred hours and comes with a mobile app which works alike with iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones. Measuring 741mm in length, 390mm in width and 260mm high the 11kgs (approx. 24-pound) Vitirover won a special jury award at the 2012 Vinitech trade fair in Bordeaux.