American Robotics, a Boston-based startup focused on agricultural automation, is marketing an autonomous c-drone called Scout to monitor crop health, so-called precision farming.
Housed in a weatherproof charging shed, the Scout emerges from the roof, flies itself over a predetermined area gathering visual and multispectral images, then returns to the charging station and transfers the data set which is then uploaded to a cloud.
This arrangement allows automatic, remote reporting of crop health indicators such as drought and heat damage, pests, disease, and flooding.
Testing was performed this past summer at several US agricultural locations.
Price ranges were not communicated.