Willy Pell from Blue River Technology brings AI to the farm

Welcome to Episode 75 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

Cruise robotaxi gets confused by traffic cop

In this week’s episode, Steve and Mike discuss the recent story about a Cruise robotaxi getting pulled over by a San Francisco traffic cop. Here’s the video that sparked the conversation:

Interview with Blue River Technology / John Deere Tractors

This week, Mike sat down with Willy Pell, VP of autonomy at Blue River Technology. Blue River Technology was acquired by John Deere in 2017 for $305M, a large sum of money for a young startup. However, as you’ll learn in the interview, the acquisition was pivotal for John Deere’s roadmap towards the development of a fully autonomous tractor, resulting in the launch of the John Deere 8R Autonomous Tractor in January 2021.


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