Using high-tech cartography to count fruit trees 6,000 times faster than we can
A new tech start-up is helping farmers take the guess work out of predicting the flowering and fruiting of their crops.
It started as a project to answer the blue-sky question of 'Can robots be used to map fruit trees?' and has blossomed into something big.
James Underwood was inspired by a project investigating whether or not mango, avocado and macadamia trees could be mapped using technology to answer a fundamentally different question: could it be done on a commercial scale?
"For the past several years I've been talking at industry conferences around Australia and people would always ask when is it possible to do this commercially, and for many years I've been saying it's about two years off.
"So I'm pretty pleased to be able to finally say that this is now commercially available."
ABC Rural (26 March 2019)