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Tractor manufacturer SDF takes over vineyard robot builder VitiBot

The European agricultural equipment manufacturer SDF is taking a majority stake in VitiBot, the French developer of vineyard robots. The two companies join forces to develop and offer the market a range of innovative and high-performance solutions for precision agriculture.

VitiBot is a French startup based in Reims. The company offers Bakus, a 100% electric and autonomous straddle tractor.

SDF is a manufacturer of tractors, harvesting machines and diesel engines. It distributes products through the Same, Deutz-Fahr, Lamborghini Trattori, Hürlimann and Grégoire brands.

Accelerate development of precision agtech

SDF’s priority focus today are unmanned operation, precision agriculture, digital services, collection and management of agronomic data, and introduction of electrification technologies for farm equipment.

With VitiBot, the company aims to benefit from the contribution of highly qualified teams with specific know-how to achieve these goals quickly and effectively.

Self-driving and zero-emission electric vehicles

“Sustainable and digital agriculture is a key factor of our development. After a deep scouting, we realized that VitiBot is the best solution for vineyards that allows us to enrich our tractor offer with self-driving and zero-emission electric vehicles”, said Lodovico Bussolati, CEO of SDF. “Now the goal is to support the company development and the product industrialization, satisfying a market demand that we think will be continuously growing in the future.”

Currently, over 50 Bakus robots are in use in vineyards around the world. VitiBot says its order books are full and its network of dealers is growing.

The Vitibot Bakus is a viticultural straddle robot that integrates a wide range of modular tools. After careful consideration, French wine grower Yannick Robiglio decided to buy one. He has been working with it for a year now. What are his experiences? Future Farming visited Yannick Robiglio in order find out. Read the full article here.

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