Slopehelper is an intelligent machine of the new generation that is autonomous and able to adapt to difficult and unpredictable conditions, to different types of plantations. It will contribute to improving the quality of life of farmers: significant time savings, reduction of current costs, reduction of the amounts of used herbicides and protection of the environment. All that is one agro-system which covers the whole agricultural cycle, with one basic platform and various equipment. Slopehelper doesn’t require a driver or any oversight to be present while he performs his duties.
The operator only places the vehicle at the starting position with the remote control and then the vehicle performs the task independently. With the help of ultrasonic radars placed back, forth and on the rear right side of the Slopehelper, it can move along the entire length of the row and perform the assigned operation. When it reaches the end of the line, the front radar recognizes the situation interrupts the operation of the attached equipment, and autonomously changes the line of movement and enters the next row. At the very entrance in to the new row, the attached hinged equipment is automatically activated and the agro-system continues to work until the end of the given operation.
Performing tasks without supervision at any time of day or night saves a considerable amount of time. For example, you can program the Slopehelper so that spraying is done at any time when there are optimal weather conditions (temperature, humidity, wind speed, etc.) It is the same and for the other options. The time you used to spend on weeding, pruning, mulching, spraying, fertilizing… now can be used to accomplish other tasks or to spend more time with your family.
The weight has been optimized to reduce soil compaction and to facilitate the transport of the Slopehelper, which is necessary on public roads.
The accuracy of GPS depends on sufficient signal quality received. The GPS signal is affected by the atmosphere Electromagnetic interference, ionosphere etc. This results in an error in the GPS signal of about 5 to 10 meters. Another problem is that the position can occasionally be significantly in error, especially when the number of satellites is limited. Satellites use atomic clocks and are very precise, but sometimes there are discrepancies and therefore time measurement errors. The satellites must maintain their predefined orbital positions, but the gravitational pulls (earth, moon, sun) occur. Unfortunately, GPS signals can be jammed by devices that disrupt the signals broadcast by GPS satellites. Battery-powered trackers should be kept charged at all times to avoid the possibility of being stranded in an emergency with no way to call for help if it runs out of power. Vehicle tracking devices can come with a higher price tag.
That's why we in PeK Automotive developed an autonomous vehicle with its own, on-board navigation system which is based on artificial intelligence, ultrasonic radars, and an algorithm for calculating new situations whether it is an orchard or a vineyard. Slopehelper doesn’t require any external positioning systems, GPS or connections for performing tasks completely autonomously. His 360° vision radars provide a very precise positioning in its surroundings, carefully turning and repositioning to the next row. Even when he encounters any obstacle, whether it is an object or a creature, radars activate the security system and will always stop at a certain distance from the obstacle. It means artificial intelligence that is used for navigating the vehicle also represents a safety system for the environment. With several times the accuracy than the GPS system, ultrasonic radars will maintain the required distance in any type of plantation, whether it is a young or perennial trees.
Single one external connection with the Slopehelper is the locating through the application TeroAir which is only informative for the owner of the agro-system.