AigenFunding400x275Aigen, a startup developing a scalable solar-powered robotics platform for agriculture and soil regeneration, has announced raising $4 million in a seed round, led by NEA with participation from AgFunder, Global Founders Capital, and ReGen Ventures. The company said it will open the doors of a new lab space in Kirkland, Wash., as well as ramp up in 2022 to launch their platform to help regenerate soil at a planetary scale.


CESTakeaways400x275CES is always one of the biggest trade shows of the year, where companies from all different sectors come to Las Vegas to show off their latest innovations. Companies that make robots, drones and self-driving cars are among those that have attended in recent years, and this year was no different. While several big companies pulled out of the show due to COVID-related concerns, there were still enough announcements in the space to make people talk about what’s coming next in technology.


JohnDeereAutoTractor400x275John Deere has announced a fully autonomous tractor that is ready for large-scale production. The new system combines Deere’s 8R Tractor, TruSet-enabled chisel plow, GPS guidance system and other advanced technologies. The company said the tractor will be available to farmers later this year.


XAG P100 spray400x275China’s XAG has announced the launch of five new products aimed at agricultural usages that will be available globally in 2022. The XAG P50 and P100 agricultural drones, M500 and M2000 Remote Sensing Drones, and an updated XAG R150 Unmanned Ground Vehicle aim to empower farmers with more sophisticated autonomous solutions, the company said.


PointOneLigado400x275Mobile communications company Ligado Networks and Point One Navigation announced that Liegado will provide pervasive, high-performance satellite capacity to support Point One’s Polaris GNSS correction service. The partnership will initially provide L-Band service to electric vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), with expansion to additional sectors in coming years.


IronOx Phil 400x275Iron Ox has announced its second greenhouse robot, named Phil, which will assist the company and its goals of optimizing plant yield, expanding growth cycles and maximizing crop quality.


MonarchTractor MKV 400x275Monarch Tractor, which is developing a fully electric, driver-optional tractor, has announced raising $61 million in Series B funding, led by Astanor Ventures. The company said it will use the new funding to scale its sales, service, and manufacturing footprint, expand its product offerings, and launch international pilot test programs for regional market validation. Additional investors include CNH Industrial, At One Ventures and Trimble Ventures.


MidnightRobotics400x275Smart farm operations management company Fieldin has announced it acquired Midnight Robotics, a developer of agricultural autonomous driving technology. The acquisition combines a sensor-based operational farming platform with autonomous driving technologies to empower growers in the day-to-day management of their farms. Fieldin said it is already deploying the combined platform in major platforms in California, with additional deployments of the end-to-end system in coming months.


XAG V40drone 400x275China’s XAG, which develops agricultural robots and artificial intelligence, has announced it will launch its V40 and P40 agricultural drones globally to bring digital agriculture to more rural areas that include aging populations and weak infrastructure.


PointOneNavigation400x275Point One Navigation, which is developing precision location technology, has announced it has emerged from stealth mode and closed a $10 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by UP.Partners, with participation from existing investors BOLT, IA Ventures and Ludlow Ventures.


IronOx Grover400x275Iron Ox, which is developing farming innovations utilizing plant science, robotics, and artificial intelligence, has announced a mobile support robot named Grover. The mobile robot can lift more than 1,000 pounds and assists in the monitoring, watering, and harvesting of several crops, from leafy greens to strawberries.


H3Dynamics400x275H3 Dynamics has announced the launch of the DBX-G7, a new vertiport system for autonomous drone operations. Smarter, faster, and multi-modal with 5G and 4G networking capabilities, DBX was designed to scale ongoing digitization efforts in safety compliance, maintenance and crisis management use cases. 


Burro 400x275Burro, formerly known as Augean Robotics, has announced it raised $10.9 million in a Series A funding round. The company’s mobile and collaborative robots provide outdoor assistance for work that people no longer want to do, as well as lay the foundation for more comprehensive automation later.


MetoMotion400x275MetoMotion, an Israel-based developer of intelligent robotics systems to help growers operate farms of the future, has announced completing a $5 million investment round. The company said the funds will be used to finalize research and development activities, set up production and marketing activities, and launch the commercial product.


InOrbitFree400x275InOrbit, which develops cloud-based robot operations (RobOps) software, has announced a free version of the platform to let companies manage an unlimited number of robots for as long as they’d like. The goal is to help robot developers and operations teams scale their robots while focusing on unique features of their robots.


BlueWhite400x275Blue White Robotics, an Israel-based robotics firm providing robots-as-a-service (RaaS) to enable farms to run autonomously, has announced raising $37 million in Series B funding. THe company said it will use the new funding to increase the rapid adoption of their technologies, drive new U.S. sales, and attract key talent for its all-star international team.