Dec 20, 2021
Naïo’s vineyard robot TED hits the US at CES 2022

Naïo Technologies, a French company specializing in autonomous agricultural robots, has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and 60,000 hours of operations under real conditions.

The company is scaling up its development now. In January, its vineyard robot will be presented exclusively to the American market at CES 2022 in Las Vegas.

Named CES 2022 Innovation Awards honoree in the Robotics category, TED intends to confirm the relevance of the Robot as a Service – RaaS – model to Californian partners in search of solutions to reduce pesticide use and address labor issues. TED the vineyard robot selected at CES 2022 Naïo Technologies has been active in the United States since 2019 with Dino, its mechanical weeding robot for vegetables. The company is now taking things to the next level and CES 2022 will provide a showcase for its international opening.

“Labor issues and the need to reduce the use of pesticides are global challenges,” Ingrid Sarlandie, COO for Naïo Technologies, said in a news release. “With its autonomous agricultural robots Oz, Dino and Ted, Naïo addresses these issues to ensure a sustainable agricultural production in phase with people and the environment.”

TED is participating in the globalinnovation show for the first time and is among the honorees for the CES Innovation Award 2022 with dozens of innovation leaders in robotics for a more sustainable agriculture. Come and meet the Naïo Technologies team at CES 2022, Eureka Park, under the pavilion of the Occitanie Region, booth number 60415-20. TED in “RaaS” mode for US customers as of January 2022 From January 2022 onward, TED will be commissioned and will run demos on the RaaS – Robot as a Service – model for new customers in California. RaaS will allow wine-growers to enjoy economic benefits while quickly addressing the labor shortage they face, and it is a strong market demand.

With 60,000 operating hours to its credit, Naïo is now looking to leverage its extensive experience with new customers for the vineyard.

“In France, TED is already at work for big brands such as Hennessy and Grands Chais de France,” said Julien Laffont, strategy and development manager at Naïo Technologies. “We have acquired a great deal of expertise on American soil with Dino: now that we have eight robots in service and over 5,000 hectares weeded, it is time for Naïo to expand its presence in the United States on the wine-growing market with TED, but also with our historical robot Oz which is about to become available throughout the United States thanks to a distribution network that is currently being deployed.”

A Naïo USA office already established with a team of 14 people In response to a local market and to growing demands, Naïo has consolidated an office in the United States in Salinas, California. Today, it is a team of 14 people who work in a territory covering the whole of California, all the way down to Arizona.

With Ingrid Sarlandie recently joining the team as chief operation officer (COO), Naïo US reinforces its positioning.

“Naïo Technologies is the TESLA of agricultural robotics,” Sarlandie said.

New robots for 2022 CES 2022 will therefore mark the beginning of a year filled with new developments for Naïo Technologies. New robots will complement its existing range of three, with the promise of a controlled, proven and easy-to-use navigation and to its patented safety system. The team will be strengthened by new hires, in order to meet the growing demand. See you at CES 2022, in Las Vegas, at Eureka Park under the pavilion of the Occitanie Region, booth number 60415-20.

A pioneer in agricultural robotics, Naïo Technologiesdesigns, manufactures and markets 100% electric autonomous robots to assist farmers in their daily tasks and thus help lighten the workload, optimize the profitability of farms while limiting the use of chemical inputs. With 70 employees in 2021, Naïo has currently 230 robots running in more than 20 countries, with a total of 60,000 accumulated operating hours.

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