DOT is a patented autonomous diesel-powered platform that will accept any implement that has been adapted to be Dot ready


Image: Raven has acquired majority stake in autonomous agriculture solutions provider DOT Technology. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay.

Raven Industries has completed the acquisition of majority stake in autonomous agriculture solutions provider DOT Technology for an undisclosed sum.

Raven’s investment is said to align with its Applied Technology division, and support its strategic growth platform called Raven Autonomy.

Raven Applied Technology division vice president Brian Meyer said: “Raven is thrilled to expand our partnership with DOT through this strategic investment.

“Their team has developed an impressive system that, alongside Raven precision ag technology, we believe will play a major role in the future of autonomous agriculture.”

DOT’s-shaped diesel-powered platform will handle a large variety of agriculture implements

DOT is involved in the designing and manufacturing of advanced U-shaped diesel-powered platform to autonomously deal with a range of agriculture implements.

The platform’s accurate path planning technology will help complete tasks autonomously.

Raven will also use the respective strengths of each entity to advance commercialisation and adoption efforts of autonomy in agriculture.

Raven is a major provider of steering, guidance and machine control technology, while DOT adds field path planning, user control experience, machine safety and remote communication software to the Raven.

The combined company will advance the development of precision agriculture technology from semi-autonomous to fully-autonomous solutions.

DOT founder Norbert Beaujot said: “We are very pleased with this investment; it greatly accelerates Dot’s speed to market, as well as the quality of the system, for farmers who are seeking a path to autonomy.

“I am looking forward to continued collaboration between the DOT and Raven teams to fulfil my vision of Dot helping farmers address labour constraints and capital costs while increasing operational efficiency at the farm level.”

Raven provides precision agriculture products and solutions ranging from field computers to sprayer and planter controls, GPS guidance steering systems, wireless and logistics technology.

Earlier this month, Raven Industries has acquired Smart Ag, a technology company developing autonomous farming solutions for agriculture, for an undisclosed amount.