Only one Agbot is in the design phase.
This design will be based on the Yamaha Grizzly.
The plan is to learn from the mistakes of the previous designs and make corrections. These four improvements will be implemented.
- A much better facility ideal producing a prototype agbot is currently under renovation.
- Measures will be taken to prevent unplanned lock-ins which jammed the development of the cricket.
- Design supervision will be restricted to those with engineering qualifications.
- Feature control will be much tighter.
Drone 2: This drone never had a designation though it could tele-steer. It was our entry into the weed and feed competition
Cricket Refit: The cricket refit was supposed to be an upgraded race car inspired version of the Cricket One. The cricket one was stripped of both electronics and hydraulics then refit to allow for improvement. Improvements include an entirely different steering mechanism, relocated panels, and improvements in the power plant. These improvements should have enabled the Cricket Refit to be dual purposed as both a prototyping platform and a technological showpiece.
Sadly the Cricket Refit never made it to the functionality tier. Development on the design was moving too slow, and it was getting too expensive for commercially viability so it was given away in hopes of getting it operational. It is currently listed as a retired design.
Cricket NX-01 (Cricket X): The NX-01 design was scrapped.
Cricket One was the first ground drone constructed by Pee Dee Precision. It shared third place in the first Agbot Challenge. This drone taught Pee Dee precision a tremendous amount about what goes into the design process of an Agbot. Agbot design differs from self driving cars or self piloting aerial drones in that city dwelling engineers are at a severe disadvantage compared to rugged country folk good at programming, turning a wrench, and talking to farmers.
Cricket one has some very unique features which may go down in history as the first seeding implement to successfully make an extreme departure from the limitations of a tractor/horse drawn planter design.
A mock-up has been retired
The mock-up was a prop constructed by Pee Dee Precision for the primary purpose of assessing the difficulty in building and programming a drone. This drone mock-up was complete and programmed within one month; however, it only moves and returns a video feed.