February 23, 2021

FutureAcres Carry400x275A new startup called Future Acres announced it has launched to bring sustainable agricultural robotics to the farming industry in order to optimize workforce efficiency and safety. The company also announced raising $3 million in seed capital via equity crowdfunding site SeedInvest.

The company’s autonomous, electric agricultural robot harvest companion, named Carry, aims to help farmers gather hand-picked crops faster and with less physical demand. Through advanced artificial intelligence, automation and electric power, Carry streamlines the harvesting process with the ability to transport up to 500 pounds of crops on all terrain and in all inclement weather conditions, to help increase efficiency. The company said it could pay for itself in only 80 days. Machine learning and computer vision capabilities allow the machine to avoid obstacles such as trees and people and collect and apply data to further enhance its precision.

"The agricultural industry is facing a seemingly never-ending list of challenges on a financial, worker and sustainability level," said Suma Reddy, CEO of Future Acres. "Our vision with Carry was to develop a tool and system that could help alleviate these stressors and move the industry forward by providing a helpful operational solution capable of supporting workers by reducing the physical toll – back pain, twisted ankles and shoulder injuries no longer need to be the norm. Carry is the future of harvesting and will make an immediate impact on the lives of those in the field each and every day, all while reducing costs and helping farmers to stay profitable."

To assist farmworkers with harvesting tasks, the machine comes equipped with a 7- to 10-hour swappable battery, or 6- to 10-miles traversed terrain navigation range. The company said one Carry operating in the field could result in up to $13,500 in efficiency gain per season, and with multiple Carrys operating autonomously, five to 10 workers can stay focused on quality, careful sourcing, without needing to go back and forth for miles.

The company said it also plans on focusing on precision agriculture, measuring pesticide use and rop health, as well as tracking yield, quality and food waste, without adding emissions or toxins to the farmlands it navigates through. It plans to bring Carry to small- and midsize farms throughout the U.S. It is backed by lead investors Wavemaker Partners, a global venture capital fund, and Wavemaker Labs, a robotics and automation-focused venture studio. By launching its seed capital raise through equity crowdfunding, the company said any individual can invest in the company without large upfront costs. For more details on the company, visit the Future Acres website.

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