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Jaybridge Robotics

August 02, 2011 09:00 ET

Jaybridge Robotics Partners With Kinze Manufacturing, Develops First Autonomous Vehicle System for Row Crop Harvesting

Driverless System Increases Productivity for Growers of Corn and Soy, Features Advanced Robotics Software

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2011) - Jaybridge Robotics, a rapidly growing developer of software solutions for autonomous vehicles, today announced that it has worked in close cooperation with Iowa-based Kinze Manufacturing on the development of an autonomous grain cart system. Kinze, a leading agricultural equipment manufacturer, well known for innovative engineering, demonstrated the system at the annual Kinze Dealer Day event in Iowa on July 29th. Jaybridge supplied domain expertise, systems integration services, proprietary software, and custom software development to help Kinze create the new robotic system, which aims to increase productivity for row crop farmers, particularly growers of corn and soy. (www.jaybridge.com)

The driverless system is fully controlled by advanced software and is capable of performing a complete workflow during the harvest process. This includes locating a moving harvester in the field, synchronizing with it, collecting its grain and delivering that grain to trucks near the field for transportation. "Kinze has always been focused on innovation, and we realize that the trend toward autonomous solutions in mining, defense and other industries will also have a profound effect on agriculture. It is very important to our customers that we explore autonomous solutions and begin to productize them. Working closely with Jaybridge Robotics, we have taken a major step in that process with the development of Kinze Autonomy," says Brian McKown, Chief Operating Officer, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. (www.kinze.com)

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Dr. Jeremy Brown, president of Jaybridge, says it was more than technical know-how that made his company the right partner. "Kinze needed a partner with experience in autonomy and robotics that would complement their deep knowledge of agriculture. The Jaybridge team has delivered robotic products into very harsh conditions that rival those found in farmers' fields, and we know the sensors and algorithms. But, perhaps of greatest importance was the fact that we have a product mentality. Jaybridge employs the rigorous quality and engineering processes necessary to create robust reliable systems that are real world ready, not just prototypes. This made us a natural partner for Kinze."

The system, which features modifications to a stock model grain cart and tractor, applies an integrated suite of low cost sensors, industrial embedded computer and advanced algorithms. In order to pull together low cost devices and still achieve highly reliable and robust performance, the company relied heavily on their software expertise. "Jaybridge developed an extensive suite of software to run in this very confined computing space, including some very advanced algorithms that allow the system to react to the world around it in real time. This was the key to creating an autonomous system designed to be both safe and reliable," says Brown. "Jaybridge looks forward to continuing our partnership with Kinze, and to building new relationships in agriculture, mining, materials handling, defense, and other domains to bring autonomous vehicle products to market," adds Brown.

About Jaybridge Robotics
Jaybridge Robotics provides domain expertise, consultation, software and systems integration for autonomous vehicle design and development. The company works closely with their clients' engineering teams to fully transform their products into robust autonomous systems capable of reliably executing workflows even in harsh, real-world conditions. Jaybridge's state of the art capabilities include software, tools and expertise for vehicle motion, navigation, perception, control, precision visualization and intuitive human-robot interfaces. Founded by graduates of MIT and Carnegie Mellon University, Jaybridge applies exclusive, field-proven algorithms and open software to solve complex robotics challenges. Their seasoned in-house robotics team has deep industry and product development experience and a proven track record.

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