Field mapping with the last prototype VS-3

Quinta do Ataíde, Portugal, 6-8 August 2020

During three hot days in August, VineScout team carried out multiple tests and maps with the new robot VS-3, which was evaluated for the first time in real conditions. Once navigation adjustments for the new steering system were set, the robot was able to cover the requested vineyard rows to make the crop maps. In particular, the team split in two to register the robot-generated maps and their ground-truth evaluation with manually-operated pressure chambers. After three intense days when temperature rised over 40 ºC, field testing and mapping was satisfactory, obtaining maps in different moments of the day and even at night. The tests also showed that new features and components, such as the steering system, time-of-flight sensor, and batteries, resulted in better performance.