US 10,890,912 B2
Robotic platform and method for performing multiple functions in agricultural systems
Kent Cavender-Bares, St. Paul, MN (US)
Assigned to RowBot Systems LLC, Minneapolis, MN (US)
Filed by RowBot Systems LLC, Minneapolis, MN (US)
Filed on Dec. 20, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/723,247.
Application 16/723,247 is a continuation of application No. 15/408,847, filed on Jan. 18, 2017, granted, now 10,528,048.
Application 15/408,847 is a continuation of application No. 14/994,485, filed on Jan. 13, 2016, granted, now 9,582,002, issued on Feb. 28, 2017.
Application 14/994,485 is a continuation of application No. 14/548,421, filed on Nov. 20, 2014, granted, now 9,265,187, issued on Feb. 23, 2016.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/906,643, filed on Nov. 20, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2020/0125098 A1, Apr. 23, 2020
Int. Cl. G05D 1/00 (2006.01); A01C 7/00 (2006.01); A01B 69/04 (2006.01); A01B 79/00 (2006.01); A01C 21/00 (2006.01); A01B 51/02 (2006.01); A01C 7/06 (2006.01); A01C 7/08 (2006.01); A01C 15/00 (2006.01); A01C 23/02 (2006.01); B25J 5/00 (2006.01); B64C 39/02 (2006.01); G05D 1/02 (2020.01); A01C 23/00 (2006.01); B64D 47/08 (2006.01)
CPC G05D 1/0088 (2013.01) [A01B 51/02 (2013.01); A01B 69/008 (2013.01); A01B 79/005 (2013.01); A01C 7/00 (2013.01); A01C 7/004 (2013.01); A01C 7/06 (2013.01); A01C 7/085 (2013.01); A01C 15/00 (2013.01); A01C 21/002 (2013.01); A01C 23/008 (2013.01); A01C 23/024 (2013.01); B25J 5/00 (2013.01); B25J 5/007 (2013.01); B64C 39/024 (2013.01); B64D 47/08 (2013.01); G05D 1/0011 (2013.01); G05D 1/0231 (2013.01); B64C 2201/12 (2013.01); B64C 2201/127 (2013.01); B64C 2201/141 (2013.01); Y10S 901/01 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An autonomous agricultural vehicle configured for real-time adjustment of an application of fertilizer to planted crops based on a sensed condition of the planted crops, the autonomous agricultural vehicle comprising:
a chassis having a width so dimensioned as to be insertable through the space between adjacent rows of planted crops;
a navigation module configured to receive orientation information for an agricultural field;
at least one plant condition sensor configured to sense conditions of the planted crops;
a fertilizer application module configured to apply a fertilizer to the planted crops; and
a microprocessor in communication with the navigation module, the at least one plant condition sensor and the fertilizer application module, the microprocessor configured for real-time adjustment of an application of the fertilizer applied to the planted crops based on the sensed condition of the planted crops, while autonomously navigating the autonomous agricultural vehicle within the agricultural field.