A team of student researchers at UC Merced are developing new technology to make farming more efficient and food production more sustainable.
They created a robot called iBMW. It’s a vehicle that can drive itself through fields to find crops infested by pests. The same vehicle can then treat the crop in a more precise way, using less pesticide.
The team wanted to create a tool that was affordable, the iBMW would sell for under $1,000 each. The technology just won first place at UC Berkeley’s “Big Ideas” contest, the team was awarded $10,000.
Alex Backus reports from Merced.