Continental unveils second line of AMR for agricultural applications

By Pranali Mehta  | Date: 2022-06-16

Continental unveils second line of AMR for agricultural applications

German manufacturing company Continental has inked a partnership agreement with Dutch-Belgian technology company Octiva to design autonomous mobile robotic solutions for different use cases in the field of horticulture.

The newly developed product will be the latest addition to Continental’s second line of ‘Agriculture’ offerings in the market of autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and is set to hit the market in 2024.

Octiva – instituted after the merger between Priva’s robotic solutions and Octinion’s agricultural robotics – is mainly focused on the development of integrated robotics solutions for horticulture applications. With the latest partnership, the firm aims to transform the future of horticulture.

Speaking on the collaboration, Pierre Pomper, Head of Autonomous Mobile Robots at Continental mentioned that the deal builds upon the company’s growth strategy for AMRs and foraying into the new market space only ensures further advancements in the existing AMR solutions portfolio.

Through this partnership, Octiva will create market-specific applications for enabling the automation of complex and tedious tasks in greenhouses like cutting leaves or monitoring the crops which if kept labor-intensive could potentially undergo disruption due to labor shortage.

Tom Coen, CEO of Octiva, emphasized the introduction of Continental’s expertise in safe and autonomous mobility to Octiva’s market-leading applications as it enables the latter to offer new features along with additional benefits for its customers.

Tom believes that the cohesive efforts will help Octiva implement a focus-driven strategy that will propel the company’s entry into the market.

Meanwhile, Continental will offer the motion platform, designed to facilitate the safe and autonomous movement of these applications within greenhouses.

Andreas Mandl, Project Lead at Continental commented that with Octiva’s deep market expertise, Continental will be able to tap into the substantial growth market and will allow the company to develop a platform competent for this market.

Earlier, Continental announced the commencement of mass-production of autonomous mobile robots catering to intralogistics applications.

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